Mabang Ferry Sinks

 

A Ferry at the Mabang crossing point in Ribbi Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Southern Province on Friday 14th December, 2018 sank at 13:00p.m. or thereabout.

According to the Ag. Police Regional Commander, Chief Superintendent Kapr S. Kamara, he received the intelligence from the Moyamba District Local Unit Commander (LUC), adding that onboard the ferry were three motorbikes and a Mercedes Benz 814 truck loaded with 120 bags of cement. The registration number of the truck, the Regional Commander said, was not known at the time of the interview.

One of the ferry operators, Abdul Sesay, said the ferry sank with at least three persons who were onboard, adding that police and military personnel have joined the search for survivors or corpses.

Many parts of provincial Sierra Leone are still linked by small obsolete manual ferries drawn with ropes across rivers with heavy tides that date as far back as pre-independence days. Though former President Ernest Bai Koroma made an impressive stride in road infrastructure, these antiquated ferries were not replaced with modern ones that would minimize accidents as such.

In order to improve trade and agricultural productivity and create easy access to the markets, it is imperative that the government improves on road infrastructure including replacing all the old ferries and bridges that have outlived their usefulness.