Distressed vessel makes it safely to Kadavu
April 19, 2019 5:50 pm
A distressed inter-island ferry that departed Suva for Kadavu last night has safely arrived at its destination.
South Island Shipping’s MV Liohana II encountered a rather horrific journey to Kadavu after she lost her roll-on roll-off ramp, allowing the vessel to take in water with passengers and cargo on-board.
This Good Friday turned tragic for one hundred and twenty-one passengers and ten crew members on board the MV Liohana following the problems encountered by the vessel during the early hours of this morning.
The Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Coordination Centre says it received an emergency call and maintained contact with the captain monitoring the situation.
Following preliminary assessment, the Rescue Coordination Centre began tracking the position of the distressed vessel as she steamed towards Kadavu at slow speed.
As the incident escalated, Fiji Navy’s RFNS Kikau along with medical personnel and the Volunteer First Responder team were deployed before mid-day.
An aircraft belonging to Kokomo Island resort managed to capture images and relayed communications Rescue Coordination Centre.
The RFNS KIKAU then intercepted and escorted MV Liohana to Kadavu.
The Navy vessel is now returning to base and the Rescue Coordination Centre will stand down its Search and Rescue operations.
On the return of the vessel to Suva, Maritime and Safety Authority’s Chief Executive Captain Philip Hill says they will launch an investigation into the matter.
FBC News can confirm the vessel resumed operations a week ago after she underwent repair work at the Fiji Ships repair berth.