Thursday, 2 July 2015

Six teenagers missing in Lagos canoe accident 


Six teenagers have been declared missing
after a canoe capsized on the Ojo
waterways in Lagos.
The canoe , carrying 14 teenagers , sank
yesterday after a collision with a fibre boat
around 8am at Irewe in Ojo Local
Government Area.
It was learnt that the fibre boat, which was
on high speed , rammed into the canoe ,
causing it to sink .
Nine of the passengers , including the
paddler of the canoe , were rescued by
emergency workers and public spirited
individuals but six others could not be
found .
Lagos State Emergency Management
Agency ( LASEMA) General Manager Femi
Oke- Osayintolu said five of the nine
rescued were taken to the Igando General
Hospital . Four others, including the paddler
were discharged after first aid treatment
was administered on them .
He said the search for the remaining six
would continue, adding that both local
emergency responders and LASEMA
personnel were working at getting them
rescued .
Asked if the boat was overloaded , the
LASEMA boss said no, although he added
that the passengers were not putting on
safety jackets .
“It was the fibre boat that ran into the
canoe . It happened around 8am . We have
rescued nine persons including the boat
driver . The driver and four of the children
were discharged after first aid because
they were okay . We took the other five to
the General Hospital Igando for treatment ,
while the search for the remaining six
continues, ” he said .

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