The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Thursday stated the bodies of the remaining two victims of Tuesday’s boat mishap had been recovered.
DAILY POST had reported that the Lagos State Waterways Authority, on Tuesday, confirmed the loss of life of three individuals in a boat accident that occurred at Irewe community in Ojo, close to Lagos.
A complete of 13 out of the 18 persengers concerned within the accident have been rescued alive whereas three have been confirmed useless and two declared lacking.
In response to the News Agency of Nigeria, the General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel informed newsmen on Thursday in Lagos, that the our bodies of the final two victims, a young adult and a youth have been recovered at 8:30 am on Thursday.
Emmanuel condemned the reckless disregard to security rules by some boat operators.
He said the authority wouldn’t relent on its efforts to make sure full compliance with security rules by boat operators to make the waterways protected.
The LASWA boss stated that the head-on collision which occurred at about 6:10pm, concerned two passenger speed-boats alongside the creek in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Emmanuel stated that there have been 10 passengers within the boat from Ojo Jetty and eight passengers in the different from Irewe community when the incident occurred.
He stated that the search and rescue operation was by related state businesses and the area people who have been the first responders.
The overall supervisor stated that preliminary investigations by LASWA and LASEMA revealed that the incident was attributable to reckless driving and over-speeding on the a part of the boat captains.
He stated that additional investigations could be carried out by the authority and people found wanting could be sanctioned accordingly.
Boat accidents have become rampant on sea routes in Lagos, Nigeria’s crowded economic hub, with a June 29 incident claiming 17 lives.
The 20-passenger capability unmarked boat with a 60″ Hp engine capsised after being hit by extreme waves mid-sea en route Egbin Jetty in Ijede, Ikorodu at about 11:00pm with only three survivors.
Investigations carried out by LASWA on the tragedy revealed that the accident was caused by poor visibility and the truth that the passengers had no life jackets.
Additionally in July, 12 our bodies have been found whereas 5 have been lacking after a 20-passenger capability unmarked boat with a 60″Hp engine, capsized after being hit by extreme waves in Ijede at Ikorodu, close to Lagos.