The Kanilai ferry passengers were yesterday stricken with fear and panic after the ferry failed to anchor at Banjul terminal, spending several hours in the waters reported the Fatu Network.
The ferry which was named after the birthplace of the former President Yahya Jammeh, was transporting hundreds of passengers, goods and vehicles from Barra to Banjul when it stuck in the waters. The incident was allegedly caused by the low tide of the sea, causing fear in many of the passengers on board. Some of them started to call their loved ones out of devastations as the port officials looked for mechanisms to resolve the situation.
The Public Relation of the Gambia Ports Authority, Momodou L. Sanyang said “Many people have the believed that the ferry has a problem which is not the case. It was as a result of low tide. It came up to the ram at the Banjul Terminal but find it difficult to anchor,”
He added that the ferry was grounded by the low tide as the propeller could not moved because of the soil on the ground. He explained that efforts were made to push the ferry to anchor but it failed saying it was a natural phenomenon. He said they used to take information from the weather focus but this incident was not expected.
“The GPA Management is on high gear towards a provision of sectional derringer to solve the low tide problem,” he said.
Mr. Sanyang said the Managing Director himself including some senior management were at the terminal when the incident happened to help until the passengers came out of the ferry.