Two female passengers were confirmed dead on Wednesday after a 20-seater boat which departed Ipakodo ferry terminal in Ikorodu capsized.
The tragic incident was announced in a statement credited to the General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel. He said the boat capsized almost immediately after take-off.
According to Ouwadamilola, 15 occupants of the capsized boat were rescued alive.
The statement read, “At about 7.45am today (Wednesday), the 6th of July 2022, a 20 passenger ferry boat carrying 17 passengers named “R & N 2” suddenly capsized not more than 200 meters from the terminal and submerged immediately after it departed the Ipakodo ferry terminal in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
“The Water guards and the search and rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) were mobilized to the scene of the incident, leading to the rescue of 15 persons alive.
“While two female unconscious passengers were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. They were, however, later confirmed dead at the hospital.
“The Boat Captain is currently being investigated by the relevant authorities while full investigation into the cause of this mishap is ongoing as of the time of this press release.”