Two adult females have lost their lives today in a boat mishap that occurred at Ikorodu when their boat submerged after it’s departure from the Ipakodo ferry terminal this morning.
The boat is a 20-passenger capacity boat “R & N 2” was carrying 17 passengers when it capsized due to a suspected mechanical fault which came up following its departure from the terminal.
At the intense operation, 15 persons were rescued alive by a combined team of Water Guards, the Search and Rescue Team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and LASEMA Response Teams mobilized to the scene of the incident.
While LASWA has instituted an investigation into the cause of this boat mishap, the Boat Captain is also under investigation by the relevant authorities.
The Preliminary Report coming from the Office of the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, “The Lion squad of the agency responded to the above incident today 6th of July 2022
“On arrival, it was discovered that a 20 passenger ferry boat carrying 17 passengers named “R & N 2” had capsized due to suspected mechanical fault and was rapidly submerged following its departure from the Ipakodo ferry terminal.
“A combined team of Water guards, the search and rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), and LASEMA Agency responders were mobilized to the scene of the incident, leading to the rescue of 15 persons alive.
“2 adult female passengers were retrieved unconscious and were transferred to the nearest hospital for treatment. They unfortunately never regained consciousness and were later declared dead.
“The Boat Captain is currently being investigated by the relevant authorities while an investigation into the cause of this mishap is being carried out by LASWA.
“No further update” the statement ended.