Speaking on the incident, Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA spokesman said,”We don’t know exactly what happened but we have called the Nigerian mission control centre (NIMCC) to confirm the distress signal.” he said, adding that “the centre will ascertain this through the COSPAS-SARSAT, also known as the beacon, which is a hi-tech satellite based equipment made by Russia, USA and Canada for search and rescue purposes.”
According to Vanguard, three of those on board have died while four injured ones were moved to the nearby Gbagada General Hospital.
An eyewitness, Adaora Moka, was the first to tweet about the incident:
I just saw a helicopter crash into the lagoon from 3rd Mainland Bridge. I hope the people survive
— Adaora Moka (@jugomoka)August 12, 2015
This thing is so devastating. The helicopter burst into flames when it crashed into the water. I don’t know if people will survive. — Adaora Moka (@jugomoka) August 12, 2015
See photos from the crash scene below (Photos by Michael Opeyemi):
NEMA officials conducting rescue efforts at the scene of the crash
NEMA senior officials directing proceedings at the site of the crash
Victims getting medical attention
Officials of LASEMA at the scene of the helicopter crash
Helicopter at the scene of the helicopter crash
Money found on some victims of the helicopter crash
May the soul of the victim rest in perfect peace and for those who are still in the hospital, I wish them quick recovery.