The lifeguards of Lagos

Written by on March 24, 2019

A new beach has opened to the public in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos. What marks this beach out as special is that it has paid lifeguards who watch over the Atlantic Ocean.

In the past three weeks, Stephen Boboly has saved several people from the rough waves on Landmark beach, he says.

“The happiness is rescuing people so they do not die. I am always happy because they come back to greet us and show appreciation,” he tells the BBC.

The 50-year-old is from a family of fishermen, so he has grown up with respect for the strong tides around Lagos.

Many beaches in Lagos are privately owned – and this one in the upmarket area of Victoria Island charges 2,000 naira ($5.50; £4) a day for the privilege of swimming there.

Some are happy to pay as it means that the beach is clean and cleared of the plastic bottles and other rubbish that litter other beaches.


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