Timber laden truck sinks pontoon killing two in Shiwanga’andu

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TWO people were feared dead after a pontoon loaded with a truck sunk in Chambeshi River in Shiwang’andu District of Muchinga Province last month

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Deputy Muchinga Provincial Permanent Secretary Davy Chanda had confirmed the incident to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview Chinsali District, March 31st.

The incident occurred on Friday March 28th between 16:00 and 17:00 hours when an Isuzu Giga truck registration number number ARB 3479 loaded with timber from Kasama sunk together with the pontoon and other
passengers.

Mr. Chanda who rushed to the scene described the development as saddening.

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He said there is need for concerted efforts and collaboration from both Muchinga and Northern Provinces to coordinator the search of the two missing people who are now believed to be dead.

He had since called upon the relevant authorities such as divers to come on board and help in the search of the two missing persons.

And speaking in a separate interview, Lameck Simwanza driver of the Isuzu Giga truck explained that the duo jumped into the river upon seeing that the pole on the kasama side of the pontoon had rolled off.

 

The two missing persons were identified as Cephaus Silungwe, 25 and Matthews Sichone 24 both of Nakonde District of Muchinga Province.

Simwanza who survived the accident told ZANIS that the incident occurred between 16 to 17 hours on March 30th  after the pontoon started to sink.

 

He explained that the strong currency on the river was too prohibitive for his cousins failed to swim to safety.

 

Alert Officers from the Zambia National Service were on March 31st  expected to arrive in Samfwa to help with the search as well as retrieving the sunken pontoon.

 

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