3 drown, 11 rescued in Lagos boat mishap 

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A passenger boat has capsized along the Ibeshe-Ikorodu channel with three persons, two males and a female recovered dead, while 11 others were rescued alive.

The incident occurred at about 7.30 pm on Monday after the boat developed mechanical fault on its way to Ikorodu.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, confirmed the incident.

“The agency responded to distress calls concerning a Passenger Boat which took off from Addax Jetty around 7pm. On arrival, it was discovered that passenger ferry boat named Oluwaseyifunmi carrying 14 people had capsized due to a suspected mechanical fault and was rapidly submerged following its departure from the aforementioned terminal.

“A combined team of water guards, the search and rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, and agency responders were mobilized to the scene of the incident, leading to the rescue of 11 persons alive who have been taken to Ibeshe Ferry Terminal for treatment.

“Three passengers were retrieved dead and Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU has been tasked with transferring their bodies to state mortuary,” Oke-Osanyitolu said.

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