At Least 15 People Missing After Ship Sinks In Liberia
Umer Jamshaid 11 days ago Sun 18th July 2021 | 05:10 PM
Monrovia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jul, 2021 ) :Between 15 and 17 people are missing after a vessel sank off the coast of Liberia, the West African state's government and coastguard said on Sunday.
A coastguard official also told the press conference that 15 to 17 people were still believed to be missing.
Rescue operations began late Saturday afternoon after the authorities received a distress signal from a vessel named Niko Ivanka.
Early reports of the incident suggested that the vessel sank in the southeast of the country.
The manifest showed 18 people officially registered aboard the ship, including nine crew members and nine members of a regional education body.
But Nagbe said that the vessel was not authorized to carry passengers and that it had earlier been placed "under detention orders" because it was unseaworthy.
"Our priority is the search and rescue," he said. "We will continue to exert every effort".
The maritime commissioner added that steel giant ArcelorMittal, which has offices in Buchanan, helped with the rescue operation.