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Lagos authority laments drowning of minors

03 July 2015, 07:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has commiserated with the families of six school children who drowned in a boat accident.

The minors drowned when a fibre boat conveying them to school was hit by a motorised boat within the Ebute Ojo waterways in Ojo Local Government area of the state. Some 12 children and an adult were on board the boat when the incident occurred.

The Managing Director of LASWA, Yinka Marinho, described the incident as unfortunate.

Meanwhile, Marinho maintained the agency tried its best to save the children.

“We got the distress call by 8:30am that an incident had occurred. We immediately sent our patrol boat to the area,” he said.

“When we got there, we immediately tried to rescue those who were involved with the help of the local fishermen there. We could rescue eight of the passengers and the six that were missing have been found, unfortunately, none survived,” Marinho said.

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He said as part of the state’s Corporate Social Responsibility, since 2012, LASWA had distributed over 3 500 life jackets from Badagry to Epe area.

In the particular area that suffered the mishap, as at May 2014, the agency distributed 360 life jackets.

“All these life jackets we distributed were done to forestall these incidences, we don’t understand why people fail to wear life jackets, but we would continue to strive to ensure that the safety of the waterways is paramount,” Marinho said.

He said plans were underway to distribute another 2 400 life jackets within the next few months.

He called on the boat operators to insist on passengers wearing life jackets on board.

He regretted that despite the provision of life jackets to boat operators in the Ebute Ojo area where the incident occurred, none of the passengers on board wore life jackets.

Marinho said the captain of the speed boat had been arrested and would be prosecuted accordingly.

- CAJ News


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