NIWA deploys waterways ambulance to strengthen search and rescue 

NIWA deploys waterways ambulance to strengthen search and rescue 


The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has announced deployment of a new ambulance boat to the Lagos Area Office.
The agency states this in a statement made available to the media on Monday.
According to the statement, the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu said the deployment was as a result of the recent suggestions made by maritime media practitioners at a parley.
He added that the ambulance would serve as a critical empowerment of the Search Rescue team in Lagos.
Dr. Moghalu noted that the new craft fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines 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 fear or anxieties of 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 National inland Waterways Authority, Lagos area office which has deployed its task force to curb mishaps on the waterways,” he maintained.

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