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6 Children Drown As Boat Capsizes In Lagos


At least, six children have been feared drowned and nine others rescued on Wednesday as a Fibre boat collided with a canoe at Ojo area of Lagos, Nigeria

African Examiner gathered that 14 children were in the canoe when the fibre boat ran into it the canoe, with the canoe capsizing and six children feared drowned

The sad incident occurred at Irewe area of Ojo around 9.00am on Wednesday. As at 6:30pm, six children were still missing while eight others and the driver have been rescued by rescue operators.

Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) told African Examiner that the tragedy occurred around 9.00am, confirming that 14 children were in the boat when it happened.

According to him, eight children and the driver had been rescued alive, with five of them taking to the Igando General Hospital and three discharged to go back home.

Oke-Osanyintolu added that six other children were still missing as rescue operation continued.

In his words: “at Ojo Local Government, Irewe area, a fibre boat ran into a canoe carrying 14 children around 9am. Eight of the children and the canoe driver have been rescued. Five have been taken to Igando General Hospital for treatment, three have been discharged home while six passengers are still missing. Rescue operation continues.”

He said the rescue operation was carried out by the Local Emergency Committee led by the Executive Secretary of Ojo Local Government, adding that the passengers were not wearing live jacket when the tragedy occurred.


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