Two pregnant women, six others die in Lagos boat mishap

Eight persons including two pregnant women on Wednesday night died following another boat mishap in Lagos.
This incidence is coming less than two weeks after a mishap claimed many lives in the Festac area of the state.
Wednesday’s mishap, it was learnt occurred along the Ebute Aro-Ikorodu waterway, with about 28 passengers onboard.
It was gathered that the disaster struck between 6pm and 6:30pm, while passengers were rushing back to Ikorodu from Ebute Aro.
An eyewitness who spoke to The Nation on telephone said the boat was overloaded and had a crack.
“I think there was a crack and after hitting a substance it opened and water gushed in so the boat sank.
“Usually, during peak periods, the boats operators carry more than their capacity and the life jackets they use are either expired or not original,” said the witness.
When contacted, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Southwest spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the dead toll and said six persons were still missing.
He said: “According to first information, 28 boarded the boat. But 22 people were rescued alive but eight of them died, while 6 are still missing.
“The incident happened around 6pm but the information reached rescuers around 8pm.”

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