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LASWA patrol team rescues two minors, 15 others onboard capsized boat.

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Segun Oladipupo

Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Saturday evening rescued  17 passenger onboard a capsized boat, GT Water Line 4 in Lagos

In a release signed by the General Manager of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, the boat which took off from Ebute-Ero at about 5.15pm had 17 passengers onboard; 14 male and 3 female, LASWA Patrol team and some other Boat Operators were swift to respond to the  distress call from the boat, thereby able to rescue  all 17 passengers onboard alive.

Full text of the release stated, “A ferry passenger boat named GT Water Line 4 has capsized in Lagos 20minutes after taking off from Ebute-Ero enroute Ikorodu terminal.

“In a statement released by the Lagos state waterways Authority (LASWA), the boat was said to have left the Ebute-Ero at about 5.15pm with 17 passengers onboard 14 male and 3 female.

” LASWA Patrol team and some other Boat Operators were swift to respond to the  distress call from the boat, thereby able to rescue  all 17 passengers onboard alive which included  2 minors, apparently all  passengers were putting on their life jackets which was greatly responsible for safe rescue of all onboard.

“The boat and it’s captain have been taken to custody for further investigation to unravel the cause of the accident and necessary actions.

“To forestall recurrence of such incident, LASWA has once again warned all boat operators to always adhere strictly to safety measures while advising all waterways users to ensure the use of life jackets at all time when boarding a boat.”

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