July 4, 2015 – Ojo Lagos Boat Accident Survivors Narrate How A Speeding Boat Crushed Victims To Death
About 3 days ago, a boat accident was reported in Ojo area of Lagos where over 6 kids were reported missing.
Two of the survivors of the horrific boat accident have spoken up.
15-year-old Ramota Ajangboju (left) and 18-year-old Mariam Bilikis shared their near-death experience and how they survived the tragedy
In their words:
“We were riding in a canoe that used a paddle. We saw a boat coming towards us on top speed. But we first thought it would turn and avoid us. When it did not, we started to scream and wave to attract the attention of the person inside, but it did not slow down.
“We don’t know whether the man in it was asleep or not. Just before it hit us, I dived out of its way and fell in the water, while my friend, Ramota, also jumped into the water after me.
“The boat crushed those who could not jump on time. I could swim a little so I stayed afloat. But the boat was crushed along with those still inside it. I later saw some of my friends in a heap inside the boat wreckage. They were already dead even before they sank. I saw some heads, arms, legs broken. I even saw someone’s face completely destroyed,” Mariam said.
“I cannot swim. I thought to myself. ‘I am going to die.’ But I saw Mariam nearby trying to swim and I quickly grabbed her clothes and she continued to swim, carrying me with her.
“I looked at what was left of the boat and it was completely broken with bodies of my friends sinking.” – said Ramota Ajangboju
Police investigation revealed that the speeding boat that caused the crash was conveying stolen petrol to an unknown destination.
May the soul of the victims rest in peace.