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As ferry breaks down mid stream, vehicle capsizes overboard

As ferry breaks down mid stream, vehicle capsizes overboard

Muzuk Ferry reportedly encountered a break down mid stream with over 150 passengers onboard including both Sierra Leone and foreign nationals and thirty vehicles on Thursday September 27, at around 10:00 pm.  (Photo: One of Freetown’s ferries …)

According to ASP Fofanah of the ferry police post, Muzuk was the last ferry on that day, when the ferry manager called on the police to help them with the Port Authority facilities to rescue the passengers.

ASP Fofanah explained that they in turn alerted the port to aid the ferry and transfer the bewildered passengers in small boats ashore to a safer landing.

During the breakdown, one of the vehicles capsized overboard and sank into the sea with its driver onboard.  The driver was later rescued half dead by divers and rushed to the hospital whilst the vehicle was abandoned at the bed of the sea.

Speaking to this press after she had been rescued, Fatima Thomson lamented that she had departed the shores of this country for fifteen years now and has never been engulfed in such a tragic situation as experienced that night. She lambasted the ferry authorities and pleaded with the government to look into the ugly development as Lungi is an international route.

Local Unit Commander J.A. Gbonnoh said this is not the first time to have a ferry break down and urged ferry managers to do something to put an end to it.

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  • The situation is very worrying, the governing should have done something about these ferries as soon as they step in to office. The ruling party is trying but they need to prioritize some sensitive areas, eg ferries, reduce hunger, tackle unemployment, harsh punishments for officials and improve the medical condition for all.

    7th December 2012

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