Africa2 Dead, 28 Missing In Gabon Ferry Accident

2 Dead, 28 Missing In Gabon Ferry Accident


- Advertisment -spot_img
Everything on JUMIA

GABON – No fewer than two (2) persons dead and twenty-eight (28) reportedly missing after a mini ferry conveying passengers sinks in Gabon.

The mini ferry was departing from Libreville to reach Port-Gentil before the tragic incident occurred, a port authority official who wished to remain anonymous told AFP Thursday.

Flash Sales

After the departure of the passenger ship, “the crew reported an ingress of water between 3:00 and 4:00 am,” the company Royal Cost Marine said Thursday morning on its Facebook page.

“This intrusion resulted in a loss of control of the vessel. Authorities have been alerted and rescue is on the scene, passengers are being rescued,” the company said.

At the Port Mole pier, where the boat left with 151 passengers on board, six ambulances were lined up on the quay alongside a fire truck.

At midday, the first motorized pirogues were beginning to bring back the survivors, an AFP journalist noted.

The Prime Minister, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, and the Minister of the Interior, Lambert Noel-Matha, are currently on site.

Read Also: Spare Parts Market: Lagos Police Commence Investigation Into Suspected Arson

A young woman was carried on a stretcher under a survival blanket to an ambulance, an AFP journalist noted.

Other survivors have also disembarked from a barge of the oil logistics company Peschaud, which participated in the rescue, under the applause and cries of joy.

The survivors are being taken directly to the ambulances to receive first aid and a tent is being set up to accommodate them.

Read Also: 3 Die As Train, Staff Bus Collide In Lagos

The families, facing the stretchers lined up on the platform, racked by anxiety, are kept away. They are trying to get up on the barriers blocking the access to the docks, hoping to see one of their relatives.

New Webbs is an independent online news platform launched with the aim of connecting the world with the latest news on the web.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

CBN Releases More Naira, Directs Banks To Open On Weekends

Abuja, Nigeria - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released more naira notes to commercial banks and directed...

Bauchi : 25 People Killed In Auto Crash

Bauchi, Nigeria - Twenty-five (25) people have died in a lone auto crash that happened at Udobo village in...

Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 700 Illegal Migrants

The Italian coast guard has rescued more than seven hundred (700) illegal migrants off the coast of Tunisia in...

World Athletics Bans Transgender Female Athletics

As it stands, transgender women will no longer be allowed to compete in female track and field events regardless...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

Mother Of Shot Student By Police Seeks Justice

KENYA - The mother of a Maseno University student who was shot dead on Monday by police officers in...

Bigi Refreshes Consumers To Mark World Water Day

Lagos, Nigeria - Rite Foods' Bigi Premium Water has joined other global brands to mark World Water Day as...

Must read

37 African Countries Face Health Worker Shortage – WHO

Out of fifty-five (55) countries facing serious health worker...

IWD 2023: KloverHarris Harps On Innovative Technology In Promoting Gender Equality

Lagos, Nigeria - KloverHarris Limited, in celebration of International...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Buy More, Save More