Several commuters were on Tuesday evening (July 21) injured following a stampede at the Likoni Ferry channel after hundreds of users attempted to force their way into a waiting vessel.
MV Kwale had — at 3:30pm — collided on the side with MV Safari, causing a water ingress into the engine compartment of MV Safari, which had docked in preparation of transporting passengers to the Mombasa Island end of the Likoni channel.
The damaged vessel was safely towed away, said the Kenya Ferry Managing Director Bakari Gowa.
Following the delay, which lasted nearly one hour, the Kenya Ferry management — after introducing another vessel– allegedly gave priority to motorists and cyclists headed to the island. It was at that point that frustrated commuters attempted to force their way into the waiting vessel, resulting in the stampede.
At least 20 ferry users were confirmed to have sustained injuries of varying degree.
A relative calm, however, resumed following intervention by security officers manning the waiting bay.