General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adesina that five people drowned as a passenger boat capsised at Ebute Terminal along Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway.
adesina disclosed that the agency received a distress call at about 5.57pm, and that on arrival at the scene, it was observed that a 20-capacity passenger boat belonging to Blue sea capsized mid-sea enroute Ikorodu from Lagos Island.
He said investigation carried out by the LASEMA Rescue Team, LRT revealed that the immediate cause of the boat mishap was unknown at the time of report.
Tiamiyu disclosed that five persons-four adult female and one adult male were confirmed dead as a result of the incident and that their bodies were deposited at the morgue at Ikorodu General Hospital.
He added that five persons were rescued alive.
Tiamiyu said the exercise was carried out by the combined efforts of LASEMA, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Lagos State Ambulance Services, LASAMBUS and he State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU.
“Figures of other rescued victims cannot be ascertained as they were brought to the jetty with various passing boats.
Recovery efforts still on-going at time of this report,” he said.