17 human bodies recovered after Nigeria boat accident

Authorities have recovered 17 bodies believed to be all of those on board following a boat accident off Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

Thirteen bodies were recovered on Sunday, according to the inland waterways agency, with the other four recovered the previous day.

The boat had set sail on Friday evening, despite rules that bar night travel, authorities said.

Sarat Braimah, the area manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said the tide had carried the vessel towards a barge, causing it to overturn.

The agency said the captain and 16 passengers, including children, were on board at the time of the crash. The ages of the dead were not immediately released.

Rescue operators quickly mobilised following a distress call and began searching for those on board, officials said.

Overcrowding and poor maintenance of boats are responsible for most accidents on Nigerian waterways, which become more treacherous during the annual rainy season from April to July.