26 people drown in Lagos wells, says Lagos fire service director, Fadipe

FadipeNo fewer than 26 people have drowned in various wells in Lagos, the Lagos State Fire Service Director, Rasak Fadipe, has said.
According to him, government is worried about the rising cases of people trapped and drowning in deep wells in the state and has, therefore, charged the public, especially artisans, whose activities revolve around working inside deep wells or confined space to take necessary safety precautions.

The fire director, who spoke in the wake of the incident at Ojodu Berger area where two men were recently trapped inside an underground tank of a petrol filling station, pledged the agency’s readiness to partner and support well diggers towards the provision of protection gears such as helmet, breathing apparatus, among others.

“Over 26 rescue emergency calls were received between last year to date on domestic well drowning or confined space trapping,” he said.

He recalled the case of a woman who was recovered inside a deep well after being declared missing at Ijegun, an outskirt of Lagos, noting that negligence of the people and delay or failure of witnesses to call relevant authorities to efficiently respond to the rescue exercise were major causes of loss of lives.

He explained that a delay in the rescue exercise could be dangerous as victims were likely to hit their heads on the well concrete or inhale toxic fumes such as ammonia gas which could quickly lead to internal bleeding, drowning, drowsiness, damage to the skull which could lead to death.

Firefighters as first responders to incidents are professionally trained to handle cases such as fire incidents, well trapping, drowning, collapsed building and other rescue and recovery exercise and therefore should be alerted as quickly as possible to save the situation and rescue victims alive rather than calling after all efforts to save victims had failed,” he said.

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