The Lagos State Waterways Authority says three people have been
confirmed dead while two others are still missing in a boat accident
that occurred at Irewe community in Ojo, near Lagos late on Tuesday.

The
General Manager of LASWA, Mr Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, who made the
disclosure in a statement, said that 13 people were rescued in the
incident.

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“At 6:10 p.m. today, Aug. 13, two boats had a head-on collision along the creek in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

“There
were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers
in another coming from Irewe community when the incident occurred.

“Eighteen
passengers in total were involved with 13 rescued alive with three
fatalities and two still missing–an adult and a child.

“Search and rescue operation is ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.

“Preliminary
investigations by LASWA and LASEMA revealed that the incident was
caused, due to reckless driving and over-speeding on the part of boat
captains as one of them wasn’t in his right of way.”

The LASWA
boss said that further investigations would be carried out by the
authority and that those found wanting would be sanctioned accordingly.

He advised waterways users to always adhere to safety rules and regulations to avert untoward incidents.

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