12 Persons Fear Dead As Canoe Capsized In Cesto River In Sinoe County

capsizeeAccording to report monitored by the GNN in Monrovia from a local radio station said at 12 people, including three children are feared dead when the canoe in which they were riding to cross the Cesto River in capsized.

An eye witness who spoke to reporters alleged that the canoe was heavenly loaded with passengers and goods. Some he said prompted the canoe to capsize in the middle of the river.

The eye witness, Jackson Weah who spoke on a local radio station in Monrovia via mobile phone said, “ At 6:30am, I got at the river, and about 6:45am, the first canoe was able to cross with goods and passengers. The second canoe also crossed with goods and passengers and the third was in the middle of the river; we saw the canoe turned upside down  leaving everyone including the three children and goods to dump into the river,” Mr. Weah speaking from Sinoe County via mobile phone said.

The crossing point over the Cesto Rvier is the only crossing point that links commuters from Monrovia to that southeastern region which grouped Sinoe, River Gee and Maryland Counties.

He said after the canoe capsized, local simmers who had gathered at the river to either await the arrival of their goods and relatives from across the river or either escort their relatives immediately jumped into the river and were able to rescue twelve people including the three children who managed to hold the floating plastic in the middle of the river.

Speaking further, Mr. Weah told ELBC, “As I speak to you, I can safely say the twelve people have been rescued. The swimmers were able to bring everyone on show. But right now they are in search of the goods and other belongings that were capsized along with the occupants,”  he said.

Meanwhile, residents in the region, especially commuters are calling on the Liberian Government to see reason and speedup the construction of the Cesto River Bridge. Weah speaking also quoted residents of the county that they are afraid if the Ministry of Public Works does not speedup the work on the bridge, the region may soon cut off from the rest of Liberia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.