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LAGOS BOAT MISHAP: 2 more bodies recovered

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5 bodies still missing in Lagos boat accident

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LAWSA) on Thursday confirmed the recovery of bodies of the remaining two victims of the Tuesday boat mishap.

It will be recalled that the unfortunate incident that involved two passenger speedboats occurred at Irewe community in Ojo, near Lagos late Tuesday.

A total of 13 out of the 18 passengers involved in the accident were rescued alive while three were confirmed dead and two were declared missing.

The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, told newsmen on Thursday in Lagos that the bodies of the last two victims were recovered at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Emmanuel condemned the reckless disregard to safety regulations by some boat operators.

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He said the authority would not relent on its efforts to ensure full compliance with safety regulations by boat operators to make the waterways safe.

The LAWSA boss had in a statement on Tuesday said that 13 people were rescued alive in the incident, three others were confirmed dead, while rescue operation for the remaining two victims had continued.

He said that the head-on collision which occurred around 6:10 p.m., involved two passenger speedboats along the creek in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

He narrated that there were 10 passengers in the boat from Ojo Jetty and eight passengers in the other from Irewe community when the incident occurred.

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