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Boat mishap: Five dead, two missing in Lagos

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FIVE persons were confirmed dead while two passengers were declared missing after a commercial boat enroute Ikorodu area of Lagos capsized on Saturday.

 This was contained in a release by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

According to the release,  five persons have been confirmed dead and 14 passengers were rescued while two passengers are still missing and efforts are ongoing to recover their bodies.

The 20-passenger capacity boat, identified as Lalek Marine, was traveling from Ebutte-Ero to Ikorodu but capsized at Owode Ibeshe.

“The owner of the boat is under investigation by marine police, he left the Jetty at a late hour. 

“A 20 capacity passenger boat with the name LALEK MARINE is suspected to have left Ebute Ero jetty around 8 p.m. (After approved sailing time which is 6 p.m.), and didn’t arrive its destination which was Ikorodu Terminal. The boat was said to have capsized at Owode Ibeshe, not too far away from Ikorodu,” the statement noted.

“A search operation is ongoing by a LASWA team, local boat operators, the Marine Police and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

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