Boat Accident: Relatives Of Victims Speak About Their Loss

Boat Accident: Relatives Of Victims Speak About Their Loss

A boat belonging to Bell Marine Services which capsized in a Lagoon, in the Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos State on April 2, 2014, left eight people died, while 12 others survivors were rescued.

Among those who lost their lives were two pregnant women, a couple said to get married next weekend and a 13-year-old girl.

The boat which was carrying passengers was said to have capsized around 5:30pm at the Oworonsoki area of the state, as a result of overloading and speeding.

Meanwhile a relative, uncle of the couple set to marry who identified himself as Mr. Ajibola Akere, said, “Isaac and his fiancée were preparing for their wedding next weekend. I just sent him N40, 000 only few days ago as my contribution to the wedding.

“We have been to the mortuary where we saw the corpse of his fiancee, but we have not seen his own body. We need to recover his corpse, so we will know what next to do.”

The bodies of the eight victims were said to have been deposited at the Ikorodu General Hospital.

According to the Managing Director of the hospital, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya. “The victims were brought in two batches. First was a pregnant woman who was brought in around 6am. Her husband was in shock. He didn’t believe that she was dead and he was praying. It was around 10am that he finally received the news that she was dead. In actual fact, she was brought in dead.”

He said seven other victims, comprising six women and a man, were also brought in dead on arrival.

A security man at the morgue also said that apart  from the first woman the managing director identified there was another pregnant woman in the morgue.

The Ikorodu General Hospital morgue was filled with many family members of victims who were there to collect the remains of their relatives.

One of them, Babatunde Ogunsiji, said his brother, Adewale, was also on the boat. Thirty five-year Adewale, who was married with a child, was said to be coming from work when he joined the boat.


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