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Eight die in Lagos boat mishap

03 April 2014, 10:55

Lagos - Eight persons have been confirmed dead following a boat accident on Wednesday night during a trip between Eko Bridge and Ikorodu water ways in Lagos.

In the incident, 12 persons were rescued from the boat which had a total of 20 passengers on board.

Ibrahim Farinloye, the Information Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed  in Lagos that the rescue operation began at about 8 p.m. and ended at about 11 p.m.

He said that although the boat took off at about 6 p.m. the incident was reported to NEMA by the boat company at about 8 p.m. when rescuers swung into action.

The NEMA spokesman said that the boat took off from Ebute-Ero on the Lagos Island for Majidun, near Ikorodu but capsized midway following a collision with a rock.

"A registered company, Bell Marine Company, owns the ill-fated boat," Farinloye disclosed.

-  NAN

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