Eight-year-old Onyeka Umeh was rescued from an open water at the extreme end of Pastor Ojediran Street behind Oba’s Palace in Ejigbo, Lagos by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service on April 25, 2023. According to the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, a distress call was made at 15:20 hours, which alerted the Ejigbo Fire Station and the Agency’s Rescue Crew to salvage the sinking boy from the canal.
The young boy, who was picking pet bottles with his friend, trailed the canal to his sinking spot before his companion raised the alarm, leading to his eventual rescue alive. The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service handed over the rescued boy to the Police from Ejigbo Division to reunite him with his family.
In light of this incident, Adeseye Margaret, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, has urged parents and guardians to keep a close eye on their children and provide the much-needed guidance to preserve their safety. It is instructive to keep close tabs on our children and wards and provide the much-needed guidance to preserving their safety.
The incident highlights the importance of being vigilant and ensuring children’s safety when around water bodies. The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service also emphasized the need for parents and guardians to educate children on water safety measures to prevent similar occurrences. With the increasing number of water bodies in the country, it is essential to educate the public on the dangers of open water and the need for caution when around such areas.
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