JOHE FERRY HITS KANILAI AT THE BANJUL FERRY TERMINAL CAUSING SERIOUS PANIC. GAMBIA PORTS AUTHORITY, PLEASE STOP PLAYING WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES.
On Friday July 16th,around 12.05pm, shortly after departing from the Banjul ferry terminal, the Johe ferry met with the Kanilai ferry a few meters away from the ramp.
According to the passengers who were on the Kanilai ferry, Johe bumped into Kanilai and hit it so hard that both the cars and the passengers were shaking and fell on each other. This caused a lot of panic in both ferries. However, there were no casualties from what we know so far.
3 of our team members who were returning from Jokadou were in the Kanilai ferry. According to them, it was chaos in both ferries and they themselves were very panic as they fell on each other. As a result, they were scared to even leave the ferry, they waited until majority of the people and vehicles left before they came down.
What is most interesting is the fact that both ferries continued their journey especially Johe which was Barra bound. Our reporters were worried about the safety of the Johe ferry that had to be in the water for another 45 or more minutes as it sail to Barra.
Gambia Ports Authority, please stop playing with the people’s lives. Yes, this story is not reported by any platform and if not for our reporters who were in the Kanilai ferry, we would never have been aware of it either.
Train your captains to value people’s lives and properties. Carry out routine maintenance on your boats and vessels especially during these festive season. You know too well that people use your service to cross to and from Banjul. You need to really plan well for these times. Get more staff, put your best and most experienced staff on shift. Stop playing with people’s lives and we hope you investigate this asap and tell thr public what happened.
We will follow up and provide updates on the matter.