Tragedy Averted As 15 Persons Are Rescued In Lagos Boat Mishap

Wooden boat

What could have been a tragedy was on Saturday averted as local divers recued 15 passengers traveling in a boat, which capsized at Grimaldi port close to Tin-Can Island bridge by Coconut bus stop, Apapa, Lagos.

The wooden boat was carrying 13 passengers, the operator and his boy when the accident happened, Daily Trust reports.

It was learnt that the driver of the boat, however, sustained minor injury.

The incident was said to have occurred when the waves created by a bigger boat destabilized the wooden boat, causing it to lose control and capsize.

The wooden boat was said to be coming from Ibeshi and heading to coconut when it ran into the wave created by the approaching bigger boat.

Most of the passengers were said to be traders who were on their way to Liverpool area of Apapa.

The Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West Region, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the incident, said the driver of the boat was treated and allowed to go.

“A wooden boat capsized at Grimaldi port close to Tin-Can bus stop, near Niger Dockyard and few metres from the Jetty with 15 people on board.

“All have been rescued alive and the driver of the boat was the only one who sustained injury”.