The death toll from Friday’s boat capsizing in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, has risen to 15 after more bodies were recovered, authorities said.
The search operation was underway, Ibrahim Farinloye, zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in the southwest region, said in a statement on Sunday.
The boat with at least 16 people on board capsized at around 19:45 local time on Friday along a waterway in the Ojo area of Lagos when “tide water swept the boat into a stationary barge, causing it to to overturn. “, Farinloye said in a separate statement on Saturday.
He said the ship’s captain violated a ban on carrying passengers at night.
Boating accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, due to overcrowding, bad weather and faulty operations.
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