5 drown as boat capsizes in LagosAt least five persons lost their lives in a boat accident on their way to the Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Wednesday.

Adesina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident.

He said the agency received a distress call around 5.57 pm.

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Tiamiyu said a 20 capacity passenger boat belonging to Blue sea capsized mid-sea en route Ikorodu from Lagos Island.

“Investigation carried out by the LRT revealed that the immediate cause of the boat mishap was unknown at time of report,” he said in a statement.

“Unfortunately 5 persons (4 adult females and 1 adult male) were confirmed dead as a result of the incident and their bodies were deposited at the morgue at Ikorodu general hospital while 5 persons (4 female and 1 male) were rescued alive.

“The exercise was carried out by the combined efforts of LASEMA, LASWA, LASAMBUS and SEHMU.

“Figures of other rescued victims can not be ascertained as they were brought to the jetty with various passing boat. Recovery efforts still on-going at time of this report.”

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