Near disaster at Likoni ferry

Thousands of people escaped death narrowly after two overloaded ferries that had stalled at the Likoni channel were caught in ocean currents.

News footage from KTN television showed thousands of panicked people on a ferry drifting on rough seas. The incident evoked memories of the Mtongwe ferry disaster of 1994, where hundreds drowned. Mtongwe is just a couple of kilometres away from yesterday’s ferry incident.

Kenya’s government has been criticized for failing to build a bypass road linking the main highway from Mombasa to Nairobi and the tourist resorts of the South Coast. It is believed that construction of such a highway will cut traffic at the Likoni ferry by at least two-thirds.

Plans for the bypass have been pending for close to 30 years.

Click here for more details on yesterdays ferry scare.

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