Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said 17 persons were rescued alive from two separate boat accidents by it’s officials in Lagos on Tuesday.
The first boat which reportedly capsized at around Marine Police Headquarters in Ikoyi around 7:30pm had 10 persons on board.
The Director General of LASEMA, Mr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said this on the agency’s Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.
There were reports that the boat might have collided with an object as the accident happened in the dark.
The DG said nine males and one female were on board the first boat adding that the occupants of the second boat were rescued few minutes after the first incident.
The tweet read, “LASEMA saves the day as boat capsizes at Marine Police Head-quarter, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
” On arrival of the Shark Squad, LASEMA Lekki Zonal Office at the incident scene, on the night of Tuesday, 28th July, 2020, investigation carried out revealed that a boat capsized.
“The names of the victims are as follows; Ogungbe Taiwo(Captain of the Boat) Ernest Abode Anjadick Emmanuel Isah Obima Ewere Mashack Bulus Oyefeso Oluwamayo Owoyemi Taiwo Peter Aina Oluwasanmi Lawal Gbolahan and Chinasa Temitope(female)
“The second boat was recovered from the water ten minutes after the first one which had 7 victims on board and the total number of victims rescued now 17 in number ( 16 Males and 1 female).”
Meanwhile, the agency also on Tuesday responded to.an emergency call at a gas explosion scene in Ajao Estate area of the state.
The explosion which reportedly claimed lives resulted in fire which destroyed three shops.
the DG said, “LASEMA activated its Emergency Response Plan as another gas explosion rocks Afariogun Street, Ajao Estate. Upon arrival of the agency’s officials,(Eagle Squad) at the incident scene, it was discovered that there was an explosion at the aforementioned location today,
Tuesday 28th, 2020.
” The explosion occured from a shop where the occupant sells cabad and also refills gas cylinders. About nine shops were affected by the inferno The fire had been put out by the combined effort of LRU fire and Lagos State Fire Services.
“The agency has bagged two commodities and several pieces of bodies found at the incident scene. Operations still ongoing.”
He gave the numbers to call in case of any emergency as 112 or 767.