The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has recovered the ill-fated boat that capsized on the Lagos Lagoon between Oworonshoki and Majidun last week, THISDAY has learnt.
The body of the last victim, Mr. Isaac Akere, was also recovered during the early hours of Saturday, according to the Managing Director of LASWA, Yinka Marinho. The body has been deposited at the Lagos Island General Hospital as well as those of the other victims, which were hitherto at the Ikorodu General Hospital.
According to Marinho, the 22-seater ferry belonging to Bell Marine Services took off from Ebute-Ero jetty Lagos Island at 5:30pm and was heading to Majidun jetty at Ikorodu when it hit a log in the lagoon which led to the accident.
The Authority said it received a distress call from the ferry at 5.50pm and its search and rescue team got to the scene at 6:10pm. Thirteen passengers were rescued alive, seven fatalities at the scene of the incident before the body of Akere was discovered yesterday.
According to LASWA, detached logs were found floating on the waterways at the scene of the accident. The hole on the hull of the ferry showed impact from a log. The logs as well as the ferry have since been towed to the LASWA head office at Falomo, Ikoyi for further investigations.
The managing director blamed loggers for not fastening the logs together as they travel across the waterways. â€œIt is unfortunate that the boat ran into a log and the size of the log was quite considerable to have caused such a dent,â€ he said.
He said LASWA would investigate further and have a meeting with the loggers, to prevent a recurrence of the incident. Marinho also promised that LASWA would provide a detailed report of the incident to the public this week.