The Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) has provided updates on the Recovery Phase of the NIKO IVANKA.
Maritime says with a heavy heart, it regrets to announce that the lifeless bodies of three people are believed to be some of the missing persons from the vessel. According to LiMA, two people were found on the shores of Grand Cape Mount
The relevant government authorities have moved in to recover the bodies. For the respect of the deceased and privacy for the affected families, the names of the deceased are being withheld until the relevant government agencies contact them shortly.
Also, divers are being dispatched to the location where the vessel sunk to assess its hull and further search for any and all missing persons whilst modalities are being worked out to salvage any materials from the vessel.
Furthermore, we hereby announce that an Incident Management Center (IMC) has been set up at the Monrovia Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination located on the Coast Guard Base. The IMC consists of the members of the National Maritime SAR/Disaster Committee which was activated by Commissioner Nagbe, the National Search and Rescue Coordinator on July 20, 2021.
Meanwhile, Maritime wishes to inform the press and the general public that two numbers have been activated at the IMC for reporting purposes. The two numbers are 0777290158 and 0880753581.
The general public is strongly encouraged to call these numbers to report any sightings of debris from the vessel, the appearance of bodies washed ashore, or any relevant information that may assist in the recovery phase.