The Government of Liberia has reportedly retrieved a lifeboat that disappeared from the abandoned vessel which mysteriously anchored in Grand Cape Mount County recently.
In an exclusive mobile-phone conversation with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Grand Bassa County Superintendent Joseph Levi Demmah said the missing lifeboat which showed up on the coast of Edina City on May 11 has the capacity to carry 17 persons.
He stated that after the discovery, some Fanti fishermen took the lifeboat from Edina to the port city of Buchanan on Friday, May 13, where the joint security conducted preliminary investigations.
The government later sent officers with the lifeboat to Monrovia, he disclosed.
Residents of Edina City told this newspaper that fear gripped them when they saw the lifeboat.
“The lifeboat of Tamaya 1 was seen floating on the ocean yesterday in Buchanan. No one was on board,” the source said.
Authorities are still investigating the Panama registered-Nigeria-flagged oil tanker, with two lifeboats which drifted onto the Robertsport shore in Grand Cape Mount County on May 3.
All that is known is that the ship had last signaled its position at 10:00 a.m. on April 22, hours after leaving the port of Dakar, Senegal.