The Kenya Ferry Service failed to get a breakthrough in its rescue mission 24 hours later after a private car plunged into the Indian Ocean.
According to a statement from the KFS management is in charge of the Likoni ferry channel transport operations, the vehicle is 60 meters deep and the divers oxygen tanks can only manage 30 meters deep in the Indian Ocean.
The statement further charged that the KFS management is further seeking assistance from the Kenya Navy that would salvage the situation.
Meanwhile, Coast regional coordinator John Elungata has clearly told the KFS to take responsibility.
Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, Elungata said KFS has the mandate to oversea all Likoni ferry operations and that it should employ all emergency responses in securing lives.
[Mariam Kigenda with her daughter Amanda Mutheu. Photo/courtesy]
According to Likoni Police Boss Benjamin Rotich, Mariam Kigenda, 35 and her 4 year old daughter Amanda Mutheu who were aboard Isis car registration no. KCB 289 C are still strapped in the Indian Ocean.
the old MV-Harambee was heading to the Likoni Mainland south from Mombasa Island.
“We have enhanced operations and appealed for reinforcement from the Kenya Navy,” he disclosed.
However, old, experienced diver Musa Silah rubbished KFS defense saying it has ignored by denying them employment.
Silah who noted that he was the first person to be contacted immediately after the ugly incident last Sunday at around 6 pm refused to be part of the rescue team adding he will never offer his services for free anymore.
According to Silah, the government has ignored them, denying them opportunities and only looks for them whenever emergencies occur at the Likoni ferry channel.
“Both the KFS and the entire government have done completely nothing in securing the lives of Likoni ferry channel users, we have a team of experienced divers but who have been denied jobs,” he noted.
His sentiments comes amid blame game, with locals criticizing the entire Coast guard launched last year by President Uhuru Kenyatta which according to them it has impacted less in emergency response at the channel.