By Evelyn usman
Additional nine bodies of victims of last Fridayâ€™s boat mishap in Ikorodu area of Lagos have been recovered, bringing the total number of recovered bodies to 14, with six persons still missing. Among those recovered were two children whose ages were placed between 11 and 12 years.
Majority of the passengers who boarded the ill fated engine boat which was heading to Lagbansa were traders, but their identities as at yesterday were yet to be ascertained.
They reportedly met their death after one of the boats conveying 24 passengers which was heading to Lagbansa from Bayeku suddenly developed a fault mid way into the journey. The panic stricken passengers were said to have shouted for help which was initially far from coming , until another boat coming from an opposite direction came to their rescue.
Unfortunately, both boats sank, an incident attributed to the desperation of passengers in the first boat as they reportedly struggled to enter the second boat in which were 11 passengers.
Those who could swim reportedly held on until the arrival of some local fishermen and policemen attached to the Marine Police who were patrolling the waterways.
Fifteen of them were reportedly rescued and rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital for treatment, but those who could not swim drowned.
Five bodies, according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, were recovered at about 2 p.m. on Friday. Six bloated bodies, he said, were recovered Sunday, while an additional three were recovered yesterday by policemen attached to the Marine Police.
Effort, he added, were still on to recovered six other bodies suspected to have been missing.