The joint effort of Marine Police of the Lagos State Police Command and Rapid Response Squad this morning, led to the rescue of 19 passengers from a capsized boat under the Third Mainland Bridge.
The Boat, which was conveying 21 passengers, capsized at about 10:00 a.m but thanks to an eyewitness who alerted the OC Marine Police that immediately deployed 7 boats to the scene.
RRS Helicopters got the coordinates and mobilized to the scene, leading to the quick rescue of 19 passengers and recovery of the corpse of a woman passenger whose husband, fortunately, was rescued in the incident.
Meanwhile, Police have arrested the conductor of the capsized boat after its driver abandoned the passengers and ran away from the scene of the incident.
The rescued passengers along with the conductor of the capsized boat have been taken to the Marine Police Office in Keffi, Obalende, Lagos.
The capsized boat has equally been recovered and taken to Marine Police yard while corpse of the dead passenger has been deposited in the Mortuary.
The Lagos State Commissioner of pnoolice, Imohimi Edgal, has warned commercial boat operators in the state not to overload their boats to avoid mishaps and to always ensure they provide life jacket for their passengers.
Source – LIB