Two passengers reportedly died after a boat mishap in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Wednesday, according to the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
The General Manager of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said in an announcement that the boat drowned immediately after it departed the Ipakodo ferry terminal in Ikorodu, Lagos.
Mr Emmanuel said the 20-passenger ferry, named “R & N 2”, carrying 17 passengers, submerged at about 7.45 a.m., not more than 200 meters from the Ipakodo terminal, Ikorodu.
He said that two female passengers were oblivious, whisked to the nearest hospital for treatment, but later confirmed dead.
Mr Emmanuel said the water guards and the search and rescue team of the LASWA, who were mobilized to the scene of the incident, rescued 15 persons.
The boat captain is being investigated by relevant authorities while a full investigation into the cause of the mishap was ongoing as of the time of the statement.