15 people missing as ship sinks in Liberia

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No fewer than 15 persons were declared missing after a vessel sank off the coast of Liberia, a coastguard said on Sunday.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing, Liberia’s Maritime Authority Commissioner Eugene Lenn Nagbe told reporters in the capital Monrovia.

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Coastguards have pulled 11 people from the water even as officials disclosed that 15 to 17 people were still believed to be missing.

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Rescue operations began late Saturday afternoon after the authorities received a distress signal from a vessel named Niko Ivanka.

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Nagbe, the maritime commissioner, said that the ship had left Monrovia on Saturday morning and was heading for the central port city of Buchanan when it began to take on water.

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Early reports of the incident suggested that the vessel sank in the southeast of the country while the manifest showed 18 people officially registered aboard the ship, including nine crew members and nine members of a regional education body.

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But Nagbe said that the vessel was not authorised to carry passengers and that it had earlier been placed “under detention orders” because it was unseaworthy.

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“Our priority is the search and rescue,” he said. “We will continue to exert every effort”.

The maritime commissioner added that steel giant Arcelor Mittal, which has offices in Buchanan, helped with the rescue operation.

Liberia is a poor country that is still recovering after back-to-back civil wars from 1989 to 2003 and the West African 2014-16 Ebola pandemic, which killed 4,800 people in the country.

 

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