Six missing, 22 rescued from majidun ikorodu Lagos boat disaster

Boat accident

At least six passengers on board a boat were feared
dead after it capsized in a lagoon in the Majidun area
off Ikorodu in Lagos State on Wednesday evening.

However, 22 others, who also fell of the boat were
rescued by local divers.
The development occurred barely two weeks after 13
people died at the 4th Avenue, 42 Road, Festac
Town, Festac, Lagos State.

According to an anonymous source, the boat was
filled with working class people who were headed
home after the day’s job.
“I was told that a boat with about 28 passengers fell
off a boat on Wednesday evening. Some of the
victims were said to have been dressed formally and
were returning after the day’s work,” he said.

Although details remained sketchy as of press time,
rescue officials said members of the community
confirmed the incident.
The spokesperson, National Emergency Management
Agency, South-West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, told our
correspondent on the telephone 22 people had been
recovered from the water while six remained
unaccounted for
Farinloye, who spoke to our correspondent around
9.45pm, said, “We were told that a boat with 28
passengers capsized around 6pm in the Majidun
River.

Local divers were said to have jumped into the
water and evacuated 22 people.
“We were told that the 22 people survived.

However,
six others are presently unaccounted for.
“NEMA officials along with men of the Nigerian Navy
and the marine policemen officials of the National
Inland Waterways Authority are patrolling the water
in a bid to recover bodies.”

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