But for the quick intervention of rescue operators attached to the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), about 24 passengers might have lost their lives after two boats collided and capsized in Ojo, Lagos Mainland.
InsideMainland gathered that the incident occurred at about 7:45 pm close to the Ojo Terminal with two fiber boats involved.
Due to the collision, the boats with one transporting passengers from Liverpool to Ojo with the other returning from the same location capsized leading to a distress call made to the patrol team of LASWA. The rescue team immediately deployed officers to the scene to swiftly rescue the situation.
Commenting on the incident, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel said one of the boats was driving at full capacity with 22 passengers, while the other had just the boat captain and deckhand on board.
“One boat was going from Liverpool to Ojo while the other was doing a return trip from same location. “LASWA response team were able to rescue all passengers from the capsized boat and transported them to shore, no lives were lost,” Emmanuel said.
He stated that the affected boats (Toba Marine & Eco Lima) are presently in the custody of LASWA at the terminal until the conclusion of investigations into what led to the collision.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel attributed the success of rescuing all passengers alive to the fact that they were all putting on life jackets, which according to him also made rescue efforts a lot easier.
“All passengers on both boats were all putting on their life jackets. This is what we have been encouraging. Our agency has been on the forefront of leading the campaign that for no reason should anyone embark on a journey on water without putting on a life jacket. We have also gone a step further to distribute life jackets to encourage boat operators to enforce it,” the LASWA boss said.