Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Gabon has begun three days of national mourning following a ferry accident that left six dead and around 20 others missing.

The Esther Miracle ferry, a mixed passenger and freight vessel, sank off the coast of the capital, Libreville, on Thursday night.

The government has since suspended four officials and the public prosecutor has announced the opening of an investigation.

The search continues to find the missing people

Civil society organizations plan to file a complaint against the Gabonese state and the ferry owner, Royal Coast Marine (RCM).

President Ali Bongo announced three days of national mourning in a brief address on national television on Monday evening. Festive and sporting events are suspended during the morning period.

The ferry operated between Libreville and oil city of Port-Gentil. Its wreckage was detected at a depth of 30m, according to Gabonese authorities,

By Joy

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