Since the night of March 8 to 9, Gabon is in turmoil following the death of 23 people in the sinking of the Esther Miracle.
After the rescue services was alerted around 4.00 AM, the he first ship to arrive on the scene was the Céleste, owned by French oil company Peschaud. The Gabonese army led the rescue operations, assisted by French forces in Gabon. A “Fennec” helicopter was dispatched by the french army to look for castaways. It located two survivors and one body. On the 151 passengers, 123 were rescued.
An inquiry is underway to determine the causes of the sinking. The overloading of the ship is the hypothesis put forward.