Monday, January 16, 2006

Ferry Sinks!

Well, it's just about all over the island, i.e. Isla de Ometepe - my story probably comes fourth hand.

News Flash: Ometepe Ferry sinks in dock at San Jorge. Late Saturday, actually 2:30am Sunday morning, one of the large Ometepe ferries was making an unscheduled late night run with two large banana trucks from Ometepe. Upon arriving at San Jorge, the first truck unloaded with its usual fanfare. When the second, very heavily loaded truck, attempted to debark (disembark, get off) the ferry tipped, or the truck tipped, and subsequently the ferry listed beyond the control point (there is a navigational word for this which I can't remember).

As far as this reporter knows the ferry is still, at least partially, under water. According to someone who spoke to someone who spoke to someone who was purported to be an eyewitness, the ferry is likely to be unsalvageable. As you can tell I really know little of what happened and the current situation. David M. and Peter A. are due back this afternoon or this evening from Managua and may bring more information. I will followup with hopefully a more accurate story.
See the photo of Ferry #1, from last year's trip (don't know if it was #1 or #2 that sank). As you can see there is vehicle space on the ferry for the two ever present banana trucks and maybe one or two additional cars. It was quite amazing that two of these trucks can actually get on the ferry - I have watched the boarding and unboarding processes, there is literally three inches of space between the trucks and between the trucks and the sides of the boat when onboard. The truck drivers, usually, do this with surprising speed and great finesse.

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Blogger Kristi said...

Hi David, I wish I was still on the Island with you. It's rain and more rain here. The upside is all my animals are fat and healthy looking. I can't believe the news about the ferry. I hope to learn more and hear that know one was injured during the sinking. Enjoy your time on that most special of Islands. My love to all! Kristi

January 16, 2006  
Blogger Kris Carroll said...

Yikes. Guess Wes was right to worry about the list on our ferry the morning we left. Is the sunk boat blocking the dock in San Jorge? Can the other ferry run or just the launches?

January 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David, It sounds to like toeh overturning moment exceeded the righting moment. However, since they have done this hundreds of times and that they doing this in the dark something else might be the cause. Like the bow ramp was not properly positioned or the truck drove off crooked. or many others. Any injuries? Regards, Lee

January 18, 2006  
Blogger Roberto said...

There really is only one ferry, to answer your question as to whether this was #1 or #2 ferry.

January 19, 2006  
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