No less than 24 passengers escaped demise on Friday night when two boats collided and capsized in the Ojo space of Lagos State.
The accident which occurred at about 7:45pm near the Ojo Terminal concerned two open fiber boats. Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Damilola Emmanuel, who confirmed the incident, mentioned one of many boats was driving at full capability with 22 passengers, whereas the opposite had simply the boat captain and deckhand on board.
He mentioned instantly the incident occurred, the patrol staff on the Ojo Terminal was capable of transfer swiftly to rescue the scenario. “One boat was going from Liverpool to Ojo whereas the opposite was doing a return journey from identical location. LASWA response staff had been capable of rescue all passengers from the capsized boat and transported them to shore, no lives had been misplaced,”
He mentioned the affected boats (Toba Marine & Eco Lima) are presently in the custody of LASWA on the terminal till conclusion of investigations into what led to the collision. Emmanuel attributed the success of rescuing all passengers alive to the truth that they had been all placing on life jackets, which in line with him additionally made rescue efforts quite a bit simpler.
“All passengers on each boats had been all placing on their life jackets. That is what we’ve got been encouraging. Our company has been on the forefront of main the marketing campaign that for no motive ought to anybody embark on a journey on water with out placing on a life jacket. We have now additionally gone a step additional to distribute life jackets to encourage boat operators to implement it,” the LASWA boss mentioned.
He mentioned the 1,500 life jackets had been distributed inside 2017 and January 2018, including that extra can be distributed in the course of the yr.