Three people drowned while 17 others were rescued by Marine Police when a commercial boat capsized on Badagry waterways on Wednesday, December 22, 2021
A Police source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the boat took off from Liverpool in Lagos but capsized at Imoba near Ajido on Badagry waterways after it developed a mechanical fault.
“As the boat stopped suddenly, it capsized, throwing all the passengers on board into the water. It was at this point that the Marine Police on waterways patrol came to rescue them. At the end of rescue operations, 17 passengers, including three children, were rescued while three of them died in the water,” the source said.
He said that two of the three dead bodies were retrieved for burial by the bereaved families.
He added that “only one out of the three corpses was deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital in Badagry.”
The Medical Director of Badagary General Hospital, Dr Tunde Bakare, also confirmed that one corpse of the boat incident was deposited at the mortuary.
“We don’t know about the remaining two corpses but the only woman they brought was dead and she is now in the mortuary,” he said.