At least eight persons were feared drowned, yesterday, after a commercial boat capsized around Apapa area of Lagos State.
The incident happened when the engine boat conveying passengers, majority of whom were traders, was reportedly coming from Sagbokoji Village.
Lagos State Police Command said only two persons were suspected to have drowned in the boat mishap, while seven persons were rescued.
The commercial boat, conveying about 19 passengers, left the village at 7.30a.m., heading towards Lagoon area of Apapa.
It was learnt that midway into the journey, the boat reportedly developed a fault, but the operators assured the passengers they would fix it.
After the operators tried their hands on what they thought could have been the fault but were unable to fix it, passengers began to panic. Some of the passengers who could swim, reportedly plunged into the river before the boat reportedly capsized at about 8a.m.
Eyewitnesses said about nine of the passengers were rescued by fishermen around and conveyed to their destinations.
Identities of some of those suspected to have drowned were given as Toume, Fajuwa and Tomiwa.
Confirming the incident, Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Damasus Ozoani, stated that information at his disposal had it that two persons were suspected drowned.
He said rescue operation by operatives of the Marine Police was still on. But as at 4.30 p.m. yesterday, bodies of some of the victims were yet to be recovered.