Man dies of boat mishap in Badagry

CITIZENS COMPASS– A 32 years old man has allegedly died following the aftermath of a boat mishap in Badagry area of Lagos State.

The mishap occurred when two boats collided at a jetty on Thursday night when the boats, one traveling from Badagry and another from Lagos, collided.

Mr Victor Idowu, a resident of the community, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Badagry that the incident occurred at about 10:05p.m, at a jetty in Akarakumo.

“The sound and voice of the boatmen woke up the residents of the community who came out to see what had happened.

“One of the passengers was hit by one of the boats and he fell inside the water, the residents and the boat captain assisted to rescue him.

“We brought him out of the lagoon and discovered that he had been injured in the chest.

“While some suggested that he should be taken to private hospitals, I told them General Hospital should be the best,” he said.

Idowu claimed that when they got to the hospital there was no doctor to attend to the victim but First Aid Treatment was applied on him though he was in pain till about 4.10a.m when they took him away for X-ray.

“He thereafter gave up the ghost while returning from the x-ray point,” he said.

However, Dr Olatunde Bakare, Medical Director, General Hospital, Badagry, told NAN that the man was brought into the hospital in the middle of the night with serious chest injury.

“His two ribs had been broken. We wanted to refer him to another hospital in Lagos because we could not handle his case.

“But we realised that if we sent him to Lagos then, he might not get to half of the way before he will die.

“So, we had to stabilize him; so, this morning, they had done X-ray for him.

“When he was coming out, he died due to the seriousness of the injury,” he said.

Bakare said the man was properly attended to by the staff of the hospital but his injury was fatal, which resulted to his death.

The Head of Operations, Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr Ibrahim Famuyiwa, told NAN that one of their stakeholders in Badagry had reported the incident of the collision of two boats to him.

He said he was waiting to get the other side of the story from their staff working in the area in order to harmonise it.


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