Three die in Lagos boat mishap

An ethnic Ijaw family arrives in Ogbe-Ijoh on their canoe, near the city of Warri in the Niger-Delta area of Nigeria, March 20, 2003. Nine boats load of Nigerian troops were seen heading to the Escravos conflict area where Shell and Chevron oil companies have shut down some of their flow stations because of the ongoing ethnic conflict. REUTERS/George Esiri XX

Three persons have been confirmed dead as a boat carrying 20 passengers capsized between Liverpool and Coconut Under Bridge in Lagos.

Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said that the incident happened on Wednesday at 8:20pm.

Tiamiyu said that the rescue team were still searching for five other missing passengers.

The boat which was en route Ojo from Liverpool capsized few minutes after take-off.

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He said: ”12 of the passengers were rescued alive by the Lagos State Waterways Authority officials and local divers.

”Two males and one female were confirmed dead, while search and rescue operation have been put on hold till the following day for the remaining five missing people.

”The three bodies have been bagged, and the men were handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit to be deposited at the morgue.

”The female victim, identified as Alhaja, was handed over to her family after proper documentation by the Marine Police Officers,” Tiamiyu said.