Likoni Ferry: Stampede Leaves 13 Passengers Injured

By Esther Nyambura

At least 13 passengers have sustained injuries of varying degrees at Likoni Channel. The incident occurred when MV Safari ferry, one of the newest in the fleet, broke down. There was congestion at the waiting bay and passengers ran out of patience and that’s when they pushed the security guards who were manning the gates and started pushing one another, without observing social distancing rules to curb COVID-19.

The commotion led to injuries of varying degrees. Kenya Red Cross officials together with community health workers arrived on-time to provide first aid. Those who were injured have been rushed to various hospitals in the County. “The impact left a hole on the side of the MV Safari, causing water to flood into the engine room. We will dewater the engine room, and the hole will temporarily be secured once the water has been emptied.

We will also be expecting the fourth ferry any time from now. Let’s observe social distancing rules, washing our hands, and put on face masks as we enhance the fight against COVID-19.” MD Kenya Ferry, Bakari Gowa said. Likoni crossing has turned out as a major hotspot for COVID-19 transmission since passengers are not observing social distancing rules.

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