8 April 2014

Liberia: Three Drowned in Mesurado River After Boat Capsized

MONROVIA - At least three persons got drowned in the Mesurado River during the late morning hours of Monday when a boat carrying about 28 passengers capsized in the said river.

Several of the passengers are said to be still missing, while two of them (passengers) are said to be in critical condition at the Mawah Clinic in Clara Town on the Bushrod Island.

According to report gathered by this paper, the capsized boat was conveying the passengers from Clara Town on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia to the densely populated township of West Point in Monrovia when the sad incident occurred.

Boat riding is one of the easiest means through which some people commute between the two communities, especially during the morning and evening hours which usually witness huge traffic congestion.

Accordingly, the report divulged that two of the three persons who drowned were students of the Assembly of God Mission (AGM) High School in Clara Town, while the other person was an elderly woman.

The deceased, the report further divulged, were confirmed dead at the Mawah Clinic in Clara Town on the Bushrod Island, where they were rushed for medical attention.

The drowned students were identified as Mary Blamoand Janneh Nuyan, both of whom were in the 11th Grade Class, while the other was identified as Victoria Sayplah.

The heartbreaking incident drew the attention of several community residents, family members and passersby. Some of them, mainly family members were seen weeping over what has been described as a tragedy.

It was further gathered by this paper that the incident occurred when a classroom teacher name withheld, rushed on the boat while it was about to pick up.

The alleged action of the teacher, this paper also gathered, caused the boat to loose balance, thereby making several of the passengers to fall into the deep Mesurado River.

A boat worker, only identified as Abraham, told our reporter who arrived at the scene later that he was confused over the manner and form in which the incident occurred.

Abraham, who spoke to our reporter via mobile phone, pointed out that it was the first of its kind since they started the boat transport.

"As I speak to you, I am lying on my hospital bed. I am still confused over how this incident occurred. This is the first of its kind in our business," remarked the boat worker in a rather dejected tone.

Meanwhile, the Spokesman of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Mr. Sam Collins, confirmed report of the boat incident, and the three people who are reported dead.

In a brief chat with this paper via mobile phone yesterday evening, Mr. Collins disclosed that several persons are still missing as a result of the incident.

He added that a rescue mission was doing everything to get the missing passengers.

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