Wednesday, August 12, 2015

4 Dead, 6 Rescued, 2 Still Missing In Lagos Helicopter Crash

Emergency responders have
confirmed four people dead, six rescued and two
others still missing in the helicopter which
crashed into the Lagos Lagoon at Oworonshoki,
The helicopter crash occurred around 3pm as it
suddenly plunged into the Lagos Lagoon.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency
Management Agency, LASEMA, police, NEMA,
Navy, Fire Services, among others arrived the
scene on time to begin rescue operation.
The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak
Fadipe confirmed that four dead bodies had been
removed from the crash and six others rescued.
According to him,12 passengers were on board
when the crash occurred, disclosing that two
people were still missing which were the pilots of
the helicopter.
Fadipe said that a part of the wrecked helicopter
had been recovered while rescue operation was
still on.
He stated that the crash might be as a result of
engine problem, but noted that it had not yet
been ascertained.
General Manager, LASEMA, Mr. Michael Akindele
also confirmed that four people have been
recovered dead and six others rescued alive.
He disclosed that of the six rescued, four were
taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and two
others to a private hospital in Oworonshoki.
Akindele stated that the agency got a distress call
around 3pm that a helicopter had crashed into
the Lagoon, saying that the agency quickly
activated the emergency response.
Helicopter Crash: Ambode Commiserates With
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi
Ambode has commiserated with the victims of the
helicopter that plunged into the lagoon around the
Oworonshoki area of the State yesterday,
expressing his deep regrets over the unfortunate
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy,
Dr. Oluranti Adebule added that the government
dispatched its emergency team to the site upon
hearing of the accident, informing that top
officials of the government were at the site on the
directive of the governor to get first hand
information on the accident and offer necessary
support and assistance while also allaying the
fears of residents of the area over the unfortunate
The Deputy Governor was also at the Gbagada
General Hospital where four of the survivors were
brought for medical attention and she offered
words of encouragement to the injured
passengers, assuring them that the best of
medical care will be made available for them at
the hospital.
“We have four of the survivors at the Gbagada
General Hospital while two others are at a private
hospital, Afolabi Medical Centre, where they are
being attended to as a sort of first aid pending
when their condition improves and they will be
transferred to the general hospital.
“Information gathered at the site indicated that
there were 12 passengers on the ill-fated flight,
and four people have been confirmed dead and
their bodies recovered and deposited at the
mortuary, while efforts is still on to find the
remaining passengers as well as the debris of the
helicopter,” she stated

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