No fewer than 11 persons have been confirmed dead with six rushed to the hospital following a boat capsize in Festac, Lagos.
The incident was said to have occurred at a river at fourth avenue, opposite 41 road junction at about 11:10pm.
It was learnt that the location were the mishap occurred has been a hot belt for oil vandals in the neighbour.
The Nation had last year reported the activities of vandals there who are alleged to be aided by security operatives in Festac.
Confirming the disaster, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Femi Osayintolu and spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye said 11 bodies have been recovered dead.
Osayintolu said: “11 confirmed dead and six alive .Those that are alive have been taken to LASUTH for treatment. Operation is still on going”.
According to Farinloye, rescue agencies got a distress call at about 11:10pm.
“We received a distressed alert around 11:10. Navy Special Boat Service (SBS), National Inland Water Ways, Marine Police, LASEMA, POLICE Disaster Unit, Navy Air Wing and NEMA were immediately mobilized to search.
“We were told that over 15 persons were onboard the boat and by the time we got to site, we recovered 11 dead bodies.
“Some person were also rescued alive and have been taken to the hospital, while rescue operations is ongoing ,” he said.
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