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Again, Boat Capsizes In Lagos, 17 Rescued

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Trixx NG reports 17 passengers have been rescued as a boat named GT Water Line 4 capsized in Lagos State at about 5.15pm on Saturday.

It was gathered that the boat capsized 20 minutes after taking off from Ebute-Ero en route to the Ikorodu terminal. This is coming barely a month after a ferry passenger boat capsized in Lagos Island en route Ikorodu.

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), in a statement signed by its General Manager, Damilola Emmanuel, on Saturday night said all 17 passengers were rescued safely since they were all on life jackets.

According to the statement: “The boat was said to have left the Ebute-Ero at about 5.15pm with 17 passengers onboard. 14 of the passengers were male while three were female.

“LASWA patrol team and some other boat operators were swift to respond to the distress call from the boat, thereby rescuing all 17 passengers onboard alive which included two minors.

“Apparently, all passengers were putting on their life jackets which was greatly responsible for safe rescue of all onboard.

“The boat and its captain have been taken to custody for further investigation to unravel the cause of the accident and necessary actions.

“To forestall recurrence of such incident, LASWA has once again warned all boat operators to always adhere strictly to safety measures while advising all waterways users to ensure the use of life jackets at all time when boarding a boat.”

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