A boat accident has claimed the lives of three people, two were reportedly missing and 13 rescued which happened in Irewe Community in Ojo, Lagos State, said the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
The accident occurred at about 6:10pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 when two passenger speed boats collided around the Ojo area of the State.
Mr. Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, the General Manager of LASWA, in a statement with newsmen has said:
“At about 6.10pm. today, August 13, two passenger speed boats had a head-on collision along the creek in the Ojo Local Government Area.
There were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers in another coming from Irewe community when the incident occurred.
Eighteen passengers in total were involved with 13 rescued alive, while there were three fatalities. Two others are still missing – an adult and a child.
Search and rescue operation is ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.
Preliminary investigations by LASWA revealed that the incident was caused by reckless driving and overspeeding on the part of boat captains as one of them wasn’t in his right of way.”