Mombasa, KENYA: The Kenya Red Cross has officially taken charge of a former police post located at Likoni Ferry area -Island side, which will now be renovated and changed to a rescue center.
Speaking on Thursday during the official handing over by the Kenya Ferry management, Red Cross Governor Dr.Mahamud thanked the management, saying the building will be very useful in handling emergencies at the ferry.
“We are very grateful for the building and it’s a nice gesture and together with the Kenya Ferry Services we will be helping citizens in case of any emergencies and crisis,” said Dr. Mahamud.
Dr. Mahamud added that there will always be a response team at the center ready to respond to any emergency.
The volunteers will also train some of the Kenya Ferry staffs on first aid and rescue techniques.
Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Mr. Bakari Gowa said that the building will be refurbished and equipped with medical and safety facilities.
“We are happy today to announce that this facility will be a functional rescue center, and by Friday next week, it will be fully functioning.” said Gowa.
Gowa added that the center will be helpful to ferry commuters, as cases of people injured due to stamped, congestion and suffocation are high in the crossing tunnel.
Cases of emergencies have been reported at the crossing tunnel including one on June this year, where a man died a tragic death after his car slid from a ferry.
The incidence exposed serious weaknesses in Kenya Ferry Services emergency preparedness.
It’s alleged that help came too late for the man a Mr. Joel Masindano an accountant at Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), whose vehicle took half an hour to sink as he struggled to break out of the vehicle and swim to safety.
It is alleged that it took 30 minutes for the vehicle to sink while Masindano waved as he screamed for help before he drowned as there were no rescuers at the scene to rescue him.