Ferry loses control at the Likoni crossing with hundreds of commuters aboard
24 May 2016, 10:22
Mombasa - There was panic at the Likoni Ferry channel on Monday after the MV- Kwale lost control while ferrying hundreds of commuters and sailed out of the channel through the Florida entertainment club towards the deep sea.
The Monday mid-morning incident left many commuters shocked, as the captain tried to assure them that they were safe as efforts were made to ensure that the ferry returned to the channel.
“This is a death in waiting. What if a heavy marine vessel appears from the deep sea and knocks us? We would be all dead,” said Mwanamisi Mohammed, a commuter.
Another commute, Richard Mutemi said that the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) in the recent past has been providing very poor services to passengers.
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“I think the solution is for us to get new ferries here and not be subjected to such a dangerous situation. When will this problem be solved?” posed Mutemi.
The Kenya Ferry Services Company admitted that the MV- Kwale was experiencing technical hitches and that is why it lost control and sailed one kilometer away from the main Likoni ferry channel.
In a statement, the company regretted the incident and said the company was working round the clock to improve transport services at the channel.
MV- Kwale was later towed towards the Mombasa mainland ramp by the old MV- Kilindini, causing a two hour snarl up at the channel.
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