– The ferry had taken off from the shore and got stalled midway the channel
– It took intervention of another vessel to push it to the shore for passengers to alight safely
– The incident painted a bad image on management of the vessels at the channel
– This came days after a car with a woman and her child on board slid off MV Harambee ferry due to a faulty ramp leading to their death
There was a moment of scare at Likoni, Mombasa, when a ferry carrying passengers across the Indian Ocean stalled midway channel.
The MV Likoni which was carrying hundreds of passengers and vehicles was pushed to the shore by MV Jambo.
In a video shared on Facebook by one Nicholas Songora on the morning of Tuesday, October 15, the visibly shaken passengers watched in disbelief as the vessel was pushed to the shore.
Locals called on the government to ensure the vessels are in good working conditions to avoid similar incidences in future.
“Kenya Ferry Service management must stop joking with Wanjiku’s life. Now MV Likoni is faulty but they force ferrying both vehicles and passengers. MV Jambo has come to our rescue and pushing MV Likoni is the best rescue happening now,” said Songora.
The incident came at a time when KFS has been on the spot over poor management of ferries at the Likoni channel.
Concerns over management of the vessels started after a car slid off MV Harambee and plunged into the ocean killing a mother and her daughter.
Of public interest was the fact that there were no standby rescue teams who would have saved occupants of the car as it took at least 10 minutes before it sunk to the ocean floor.
As if that was not enough, it took more than twelve hours before recovery and rescue operations began.
Eventually, it took 13 days for the car to be retrieved after intervention from foreign divers in collaboration with the Kenya Navy.
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