No fewer than 14 persons have been rescued alive and seven died at the end of the rescue operation of a Lagos boat mishap on July 5.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed this in an interview at the Ipakodo Jetty during the conclusion of the search and rescue operation at Ipadoko Ferry Terminal in Ikorodu.
iBrandTV had reported that 19 passengers and two crew members were aboard the capsised boat, out of which 14 were male and seven female.
The report said that four female were recovered on July 3, when the incident happened, two female each were also recovered on July 4 and July 5.
Meanwhile, Oke-Osanyintolu said the search and rescue operations, alongside Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) dive team, started under extremely challenging nightfall conditions, adding that the operations had been concluded on Sunday.
The LASEMA boss said that the incident happened around 8 p.m. on July 3, having departed Ebute-Ero en route Ikorodu in violation of night-time restrictions.
He, however, reminded the public to abide by the safety regulations of the state, including appropriate usage of life jackets and restrictions on timing and plying of the waterways.