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Ferry services disrupted as landing stage swept away

A Kenya ferry employee shows part of the pontoon at the Mtongwe ferry docking site which sunk due to heavy current. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A Kenya ferry employee shows part of the pontoon at the Mtongwe ferry docking site which sunk due to heavy current. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Ferry services were yesterday disrupted at the Mtongwe channel after the landing stage, also known as pontoon, was swept away by heavy currents Tuesday night.

The pontoon at the Island side drifted away at around 12am leading to a crisis in the morning.

Commuters using the channel were forced to wait for long before crossing to the Island for their daily activities.

Kenya Ferry managing director Bakari Gowa said pillars holding the pontoon were overwhelmed by the heavy water.

“We have decided to cross the passengers using the Likoni channel as we work to return the pontoon which was recovered metres away from its original position after it was swept away. We cannot halt the services because people are already used to them,” said Mr Gowa at Mtongwe jetty.

He said the pontoon was secured through the Kenya Port Authority jetty.

“We are still offering services at the channel but we have to take people from Mtongwe to Likoni channel. We have already mobilised for restoration of the pontoon and the pillars,”added Mr Gowa.

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