In a bid to enhance the Search and Rescue operations for mishaps on Lagos waterways, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has deployed a new ambulance to the Lagos Area Office.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu revealed this today via a press statement, even as he described the move as a strategic fulfilment of one of the suggestions made by the maritime media at a recent parley in Lagos.
The new watercraft is fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines made by Yamaha, with cream colour leather interior, fitted with medical equipment, first aid boxes, communication system, and stretchers, will form the fulcrum rapid response to accidents on Lagos waterways.
Rugged and built to ferry accident victims and those who require immediate medical attention to the nearest hospital and Medical Hold Bay, the ambulance watercraft can travel at controlled timing without being buffeted by high impact waves.
Lagos waterways has busiest watercraft traffic year round with heritage operators and water users targeted for safety advocacy by NIWA Lagos area office which has deployed its task force to curb mishaps on the waterways .