Two passengers have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized at the Ipakodo ferry terminal in Ikorodu on Wednesday morning.
The 20-seat boat, it was gathered, capsized almost immediately after it took off from the terminal.
Other passengers in the terminal were, however, rescued alive.
The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, confirmed the incident, stating the two passengers were females and were confirmed dead after being rushed to the hospital.
He said, “At about 7.45am today (Wednesday), the 6th of July 2022, a 20-passenger ferry boat carrying 17 passengers named “R & N 2” suddenly capsized not more than 200 meters from the terminal and submerged immediately after it departed the Ipakodo ferry terminal in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
“The water guards and the search and rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) were mobilized to the scene of the incident, leading to the rescue of 15 people.
“Two unconscious female passengers were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. They were, however, later confirmed dead at the hospital.
Emmanuel said that the captain of the boat is under interrogation to ferret out what caused the incident.