One person has been confirmed dead and 16 others rescued when an Ikorodu-bound boat capsized shortly after it departed CMS Ferry Terminal in Lagos on Monday.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in a statement by its Lagos Area Manager, Sarat Braimah, said the boat capsized after colluding with an underwater obstacle 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.”