17 persons are feared dead and 11 others rescued after a cargo ship under a “detention order” has sunk on the waters in Maryland County.
The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday (17/07) for a port in the West African country’s south, despite being under a detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements.
The vessel sent out a distress signal Saturday afternoon, notifying the coastguard that it had taken on water. By the time authorities arrived, it had already partially sunk.
18 people were on the ship’s manifest, 11 of whom had been rescued during a 36-hour search, commissioner Eugene Nagbe told reporters on Monday.
But those rescued said that there were in fact about 28 people on board, leaving 17 missing.
“For now, our concern is a search and rescue mission,” Nagbe said. “My focus is the lives of those people missing.”
The vessel was not a passenger-authorised vessel and yet it had passengers on board, so in the coming days, an investigation will establish how many people were actually on board.
It was not clear how or why the ship was able to leave harbour or whether it was carrying cargo at the time. The vessel’s owner was arrested on Sunday afternoon.
Information sourced from HERE.