One person was confirmed dead and 16 other passengers rescued, after a boat on its way to Ikorodu capsized shortly after it departed the CMS ferry terminal on Monday.
Sarat Braimah, Lagos area manager of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) confirmed the development.
Braimah said the accident occurred around 4:35pm about 15 minutes after the boat left the CMS terminal.
“A 17-passenger boat, named “TEMI 3 Global”, which departed from CMS Ferry Terminal at 4:35pm enroute Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on Sept. 27, was involved in an accident,” she said in a statement.
“Fifteen minutes into the journey, near Adekunle Waterfront, the boat hit an underwater obstacle which broke the hull of the boat and this resulted in 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), 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.”
Ibrahim Farinloye, South-west Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to him, the passengers were rescued with the support of local divers.