The National Inland Waterways Authority has confirmed one death while 16 passengers were rescued when an Ikorodu-bound boat capsized shortly after it departed CMS Ferry Terminal in Lagos State at 4:35pm.
The NIWA, Lagos Area Manager, Sarat Braimah, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday.
Braimah said the boat was involved in an accident 15 minutes after it left the CMS terminal.
She said: “A 17 passenger boat named ‘TEMI 3 Global; which departed from CMS Ferry Terminal at 4:35p:m enroute Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on September 27, was involved in an accident.
“Fifteen minutes into the journey near Adekunle Waterfront, the boat hit an underwater obstacle which broke the hull of the boat and this resulted to the capsize of the boat.
“There was immediate mobilisation to the site of the incident by National Inland Waterways Authority Search and Rescue Team, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“Also the Marine Police, fishermen and other boat operators leading to the rescue of 16 persons alive while one person died while on the way to the hospital.
“We sincerely condole with the family of the deceased and pray for the soul of the dead to rest in perfect peace.”
The South West Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, also confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Farinloye said the passengers were rescued with the support of local divers immediately the incident happened.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the local divers were trained by the Lagos State Government.