Likoni Ferry Accident – On Sunday evening, a Toyota Probox car plunged in to the Indian Ocean after it slid off the MV Harambee ferry. Here are some quick facts that you need to know about the unfortunate incident:
The vehicle had two occupants
The Toyota Probox that was involved in the Likoni Ferry accident had two occupants – A 35 year old woman, Mariam Kigenda and her 4 year old daughter Amanda Mutheu, pictured below
Amanda Mutheu was a student at MM Shah. The school authorities confirmed they had lost one of them, through a text sent to parents.
The two had travelled to Msambweni to inspect a family property
According to a statement that was issued by Mariam Kigenda’s husband, the two had travelled to Msambweni to inspect a family property. He further said that he last communicated with his wife at around 6:15 pm, moments before tragedy struck. Soon after he heard that a vehicle had slid from the Likoni Ferry in to Indian ocean, he frantically tried to reach his wife on phone but it had been switched off.
The driver mistakenly engaged reverse gear
According to witnesses, the driver reportedly engaged the reverse gear before the vehicle plunged in the ocean. Other sources have reported that the brakes might have failed leading to the accident.
A statement that was released by the Kenya Ferry Services indicated that the vehicle was at the rear ramp of the MV Harambee Ferry before it engaged the reverse gear and plunged in to the ocean
By Monday afternoon, the bodies had not been retrieved and family members were negotiating to secure services of private divers since help from the Kenya Ferry Services was not forthcoming . KFS reported that the vehicle plunged 60m deep in the channel; available oxygen tanks can last the divers for only 30m deep