LASEMA rescues man who ‘mistakenly’ fell into lagoon


By Abiodun OBA


Segun Amoo, the man who mistakenly fell into the lagoon at Falomo bridge area of the state has been rescued.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) boss, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement, recounted that the Agency received a call through the Lagos State Toll-Free Emergency numbers 767 and 112 at 7.43 a.m., that a man had reportedly fallen into the Lagos Lagoon at Falomo bridge.

Oke-Osanyintolu said following the distress call, LASEMA activated the state’s Emergency Response Plans with the swift arrival of the LASEMA Response Team from the Lekki zone at the incident scene at 8.02 a.m.

“On arrival of the team at the incident scene, investigations revealed that the man had been resuscitated, and had identified himself as Segun Amoo.

“He narrated how he mistakenly fell into the Lagos lagoon at the aforementioned location,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the information gathered from officials of the Lagos State Water Authority (LASWA) at their Falomo office, revealed that Amoo was seen struggling for survival inside the lagoon.

The LASWA officials said: “Our staff had, around 11.00 p.m. Friday night, observed Amoo struggling for survival in the lagoon waters after he fell off the bridge, thereby leading to the LASWA Rescue Team’s response.

“Amoo was rescued by the LASWA officials and subsequently stabilised by the agency’s Pre-Hospital Care Paramedics.

“He provided vital information about himself after resuscitation, stating that his home address is at Ilaje-Bariga, Lagos.

“He also clarified that he was not suicidal, while narrating how the incident of his fall off the bridge occurred.”

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the LASEMA Response Team proceeded to the above-mentioned address for further investigations, where the rescue team successfully handed over the victim to his relatives.

He said that the victim’s brother, Mr Atteji Benuwa, claimed that the family had been searching for him for a while, and thanked the emergency responders for Amoo’s rescue.

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