A vehicle with unknown number of occupants on Sunday evening slid off MV Harambee ferry and sunk into the Indian Ocean at the busy Likoni channel in Mombasa.
Rescue operation for the occupants of the car was launched immediately after the 6:15pm incident but was called off about an hour later due to darkness, Kenya Ferry Services (KFS)
In videos shared on social media, commuters aboard the ferry could be seen watching in horror as the car sunk into the ocean several meters from the vessel.
Kenya Red Cross also confirmed the incident and said rescue teams were yet to find the car and its occupants.
“At 1815hrs a saloon car reversed and plunged into the ocean a board MV. Harambee while plying to the island side. The car and occupants are yet to be found by rescue teams,” said Kenya Red Cross on twitter.
This tragic accident has been one of the shortcomings that are witnessed at the ferry most of the time. The government ought to be vigilant on vehicles as they enter the ferry.