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1 Missing & 9 Rescued as Passenger Boat Capsizes in Lagos

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Boat Capsizes in Lagos Bella Naija

A passenger boat capsized in Lagos on Monday. One passenger drowned, and nine were rescued.

The boat was heading to Coconut Island, but capsized between Ojo and Tin Can Island, Vanguard reports. 

All passengers on board the boat were reportedly wearing life jackets, including the individual that drowned. But when the boat capsized, the life jacket of the man floated away, causing him to drown.

Information Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)  Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident.

“From my interview with the survivors, waves from four bigger boats that passed beside the boat at that time caused it to lose balance, and the passengers began to panic. This further caused the boat to capsize,” he said.

The body of the man who drowned is yet to be recovered, however; authorities continue to search.

Photo Credit: Vanguard

2 Comments

  1. NaijaPikin

    June 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    How does a functioning life jacket, worn properly float away? Clearly there was either an issue with the life jacket or how it was worn, or perhaps no life jacket at all.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    June 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Life jacket my ass… May his soul R.I.P….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

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