Man Goes Overboard Ferry Midstream at Likoni Channel [PHOTOS]

  • Kenya Ferry Services transporting residents in Mombasa.
    Kenya Ferry Services transporting residents in Mombasa.
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  • An unidentified man on Friday, July 3, went overboard a ferry along the Likoni channel in Mombasa county.

    Kenya Ferry reported that the incident occurred in the morning hours after the 54-year old man went overboard the Mv. Kwale.

    While midstream en route to the Island side, the man fell into the water.

    The man who fell into the Indian Ocean while travelling on a ferry on July 3, 2020.
    The man who fell into the Indian Ocean while travelling on a ferry on July 3, 2020.
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    "The motive of his action is yet to be established," the agency stated noting that the rescue team was able to retrieve the man.

    He had no visible injuries as he was pulled out of the water.

    The ferry services further stated that they handed over the man to the Ferry Police station for further interrogation and action.

    Man who wnet overboard the Mv Kwale being escorted by Kenya Ferry staff on July 3, 2020.
    Man who went overboard the Mv Kwale being escorted by Kenya Ferry staff on July 3, 2020.

    The first action of the ferry officers is attributed to saving the man's life.

    Since the Covid-19 pandemic, President Kenyatta directed the Kenya Coast Guard Service and the police to take charge of the management of the ferry to restrict movement.

    “With immediate effect, the management of the ferry shall be performed by the Kenya Coast Guard Service, the National Police Service and national government administration officers,” President Kenyatta stated in March 2020.

    More than 300,000 commuters cross the Likoni channel daily in four ferries while residents were directed to board public service vehicles while crossing the channel.

    Meanwhile, Kenya is set to begin the process of constructing a floating temporary pedestrian bridge in Likoni, Mombasa.

    According to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) The Likoni Floating Bridge will comprise a 529-metre floating section stretching from north to south of Likoni, with 54-meter approaches on either side of the floating span.

    Motorists and pedestrians alight from MV Nyayo at the Likoni channel in Mombasa on January 15, 2019.
    Motorists and pedestrians alight from MV Nyayo at the Likoni channel in Mombasa on January 15, 2019.
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