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Joho speaks after car plunges into ocean at Likoni ferry channel

By Vincent Kejitan | December 7th 2019

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on Saturday morning spoke after another car plunged into the ocean at the Likoni ferry channel.

Joho confirmed that a team from the inspectorate department had been dispatched to the scene of the accident and rescue operations are underway.

“Early this morning we had another tragic moment at the Likoni ferry channel where a saloon car plunged into the Indian Ocean from the Likoni mainland ramp.

“I immediately dispatched a unit from our inspectorate department to join multi-agency rescue team in the ongoing operation,” he said.

The governor urged all ferry users to exercise caution while crossing since the tragedy had come just months after another vehicle plunged into the ocean killing two occupants.

“In the meantime, I urge all ferry users and management to exercise extreme caution as we join the families of the occupants in the vehicle in prayer.

“We cannot afford to have any more casualties in similar fashion more so when it can be avoided,” said the governor.

According to the Kenya Ferry Services, the incident occurred at 4.20am on the mainland side but the number plate of the car is yet to be established.

It is reported that the motorist speeded towards the ramps and ignored calls to slow down.

“A motorist driving a saloon car whose registration number plate has not yet been established right away after purchasing ticket drove off to the ramps with high speed to the ocean even after being flagged by our ramp controllers to slow down and stop.

“The occupants in the car have not yet been established. The Kenya ferry services rescue boat responded immediately ,together with Kenya Navy, Kenya police and other multi Agencies,” read a statement by KFS.

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