Three persons have been confirmed dead with two others missing in a boat accident that happened at Irewe community in the Ojo area of Lagos State on Tuesday.
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lagos.
According to Mr. Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, the General Manager of LASWA, a total of 13 persons were saved from the boat mishap.
“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,” Oluwadamilola said.
The LASWA boss explained that the agency was currently investigating the incident.
He threatened disciplinary actions against all erring parties.