Couple Die In Boat Mishap In Lagos Few Days To their Wedding

Relatives and sympathisers were full of emotion Thursday at Ikorodu area of Lagos, scene of the ill-fated boat mishap which capsized around 6pm on Wednesday upon the confirmation by government officials that a pregnant woman and an intending couple preparing for wedding were also victims.
As early as 6a.m, sympathisers gathered at the scene to commiserate with the water transport company, Bell Marine Jerry whose boat was involved in the tragedy.
Although there was a conflicting account of what led to the accident as some survivours attributed it to overloading, the management of the company insisted the boat only carried 20 passengers as specified and recommended by technical personnel.
Among those who lost their lives was an intended couple (names withheld) who planned to consummate their wedding next weekend, a pregnant woman, a baby and four others. Their bodies are said to have been deposited in the mortuary.
Some of the survivors said that the transport company operating the boat services should be blamed for the mishaps.
One of the survivors, 28-year-old Abimbola Bunmi, who lost N350, 000 to the accident blamed the company for the tragedy, saying the boat was stucked on the water for about 30 minutes without any assistant from the company.
Bunmi, a shoe dealer at Idumota area of Lagos, said the boat operator made several calls to the Jetty without any luck.
The survivour who was among the 11 rescued alive said three of them were rescued by a fisherman while seven others were rescued by the company.
“The boat was on top speed coupled with the wave of the lagoon which threw us into panic and we started shouting but the boat operator calmed us down and assured us of our safety. On getting to Iyana-Oworo, the wave was so high that the boat could not stand it until it hit an object and stucked to the lagoon.
“There was a shout for help in the atmosphere such that the operator abandoned us, picked his cell phone and made several calls to the company. However, there was no response from the company until a fisherman came to our rescue.
“Unfortunately, he could only carry three of us and others continued shouting for help. By this time, the boat could not withstand the situation and capsized such that the passengers became tired. This was around 7pm when everybody had lost hope and an empty boat came on board to rescue them, but this was too late for those who did not survive it,” she said.
Bunmi said all the passengers wore life jackets except a baby and insisted that there were 25 passengers on board as against 20.
Another survivor, Abegunde Tajudeen said the seven victims could have survived the accident had the company promptly come their rescue.
He said: In spite of the several calls made to the company, they did not arrive on time. To compound the problem, the boat manager was seeing dinning and winning few minutes after the incident.”
Meanwhile, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency for South-West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said there was a conflicting figure of the passengers on board the illfated boat.
Farinloye said: “Relations of a couple who were to wed next weekend has just informed us that the couple was in the ill-fated boat. Body of the wife was found in the morgue while the husband was not found. The missing man car is still at Bell Marine Jetty while search for his body continues. It means the information by the owner of the company, Mr. Ben Kalejaye that there were only 20 passengers on board was incorrect.”
The ill-fated boat “Ben Marine 4” was said to have left Ebute-Ero around 5.34pm and capsized few minutes later leaving 11 people alive, seven dead while six were said to be missing.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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