We’ve recovered bodies of all Lagos boat mishap victims – LASWA

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The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Friday said that all the bodies of June 29 boat mishap’s victims had been found and handed over to their relatives.

The Managing Director of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel revealed in Lagos that the corpses of the remaining five bodies found were also handed over to their families.

Emmanuel said that the rescue operations had ended while investigations continued to prevent recurrence of such unfortunate accident on waterways.

“All bodies have been recovered and handed over to their relatives under the supervision of LASEMA and the community leaders.

“This includes the remaining corpses which were outstanding. So, search and rescue have been concluded, while Marine Police continues its investigation,” he said.

The LASWA boss commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones and the entire Ikorodu community on the boat mishap, which occurred on Saturday at about 10 p.m.

He said that the authority would continue to stay committed to ensuring safety across the entire waterways.

The LASWA boss advised all boat operators and passengers not to flout the waterways laws, which prohibited night travel and non-usage of life jackets

He said rescue efforts were carried out by the combined operations of LASWA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS), Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force SEHMU, the community, and other relevant agencies.

The boat mishap occurred mid-sea at about 10.00 p.m on Saturday, June 29, along Badore-Ijede Route with only three survivors.

The 20-capacity unmarked passengers’ boat with 60″Hp engine capsized after being hit by several waves enroute Egbin Jetty in Ijede, Ikorodu from a landing jetty in Badore-Ajah axis of Lagos.

LASWA’s on the spot investigation carried out revealed that the incident was caused by poor visibility on the part of the captain and the passengers not wearing life jackets.