LAGOS, (Xinhua): At least eight people were killed and 12 others rescued after a boat capsized on Wednesday in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos, the country’s emergency agency said.
The accident occurred around 6 p.m. local time when the boat, carrying about 25 passengers, capsized after departing the Ebute Ero jetty in the business hubs on the city’s islands, Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, told Xinhua.
Rescuers rushed to the scene after receiving the report, Farinloye said. “We have recovered eight bodies from the water, 12 have been rescued alive while six others are missing.”
According to him, the ill-fated boat owned by Bell Marine services was heading for Majidun area of the state.
The cause for the accident and the condition of those rescued were not immediately known.
Overloading on such vessels is common in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as operators often seek to maximize their profits while neglecting safety measures.
Last month, an overloaded wooden boat with some 20 passengers capsized in Lagos, killing 13, two of them children.