No fewer than four persons died on Wednesday in a boat accident at Akere in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun.
Several others were said to be missing after the incident, which was said to have occurred at about 11.am on the waterways.
The incident reportedly occurred when the boat conveying passengers and goods broke down midway into the journey.
Eye witnesses, who attributed the boat accident to overloading, also said the passengers failed to put on standard life jackets.
“The boat was conveying the passengers, including secondary school students, several bags of garri and nine motorcycles,” one of the eye witnesses said.
The Chairman of Ipokia Local Government Area, Senayon Josu, who confirmed the incident, said four persons died in the mishap while 10 survived.
He said a rescue team comprising marine policemen, operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and local divers was helping in the rescue operation.
Josu said the survivors were taken to the General Hospital in Ipokia for medical treatment.
Josu, who commiserated with the families of the victims, said efforts were ongoing to rescue the remaining victims.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who also confirmed the accident, however, said “three passengers have been confirmed dead while five persons were rescued alive.’’
According to him, no fewer than 20 persons boarded the ill-fated boat.
He said the rescue operation would continue until the last person was found.
Copyright Ships & Ports Ltd. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit given to www.shipsandports.com.ng as the source.