Africa2 Dead, 28 Missing In Gabon Ferry Accident

2 Dead, 28 Missing In Gabon Ferry Accident


- Advertisment -spot_img

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.


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

Ibadan Residents Protest Over Economic Hardship

Ibadan, Nigeria - Following high cost of living, food inflation and current economic hardship in the country, the residents...

NGO Relieves Widows With Cash, Food Items In FCT

Abuja, Nigeria -  In a bid to alleviate the current economic challenges in the country, the Touch Me Foundation...

Customs Intercepted 15 Trucks Of Smuggled Foods In Sokoto

Sokoto, Nigeria - The Nigeria Customs Service, on Sunday, said that it intercepted 15 trailers that were fully loaded...

South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Other Embassies Owing $5.3M Ground Rents In Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria - Foreign embassies and high commissions owed ground rents of $5,368,218 million in 2023, disclosed the Federal...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

natnudO Foods, FUNAAB Partner For Entrepreneurial Poultry Project

Abeokuta, Nigeria - Fueled by a shared vision of nurturing future agricultural leaders and boosting Nigeria's food security, natnudO...

GAC Motor Nigeria Pioneers Celebration Of Funke Akindele’s Hallmark Movie

Lagos, Nigeria - The giants of Filmmaking in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry gathered at the world class GAC Motor...

Must read

South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Other Embassies Owing $5.3M Ground Rents In Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria - Foreign embassies and high commissions owed...

For Every $1 Gains From Tobacco, Country Spends $3 On Healthcare

Lagos, Nigeria - The Federal Government has stated that...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you