Likoni ferry accident: Vehicle wreckage located as rescue operations continue

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Search and rescue teams from Kenya Navy, KPA, Kenya Fisheries Research Institute (KEFRI) and Private Contracted Divers have located the position of the wreckage of the vehicle that plunged into the ocean while the ferry was midstream, Kenya Ferry Services has announced.

“This is to notify ferry users that due to the ongoing exercise of retrieving the sunken vehicle we are likely to experience delays between 30 minutes to one hour as ferry movement is affected,” KFS said adding that the recovery exercise was underway.

The witnesses said the vehicle occupants could be seen waving and yelling for help through the vehicle’s windows as the car floated for some minutes before sinking.

Coast regional coordinator John Elungata yesterday said the KFS Managing Director Bakari Gowa should carry responsibility for the Sunday accident.

“The ferry itself is old and its doors could not close. The ferry management should take responsibility because this is a matter of public safety,” said Elungata during a media briefing at his office.

 

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