Governor of the Eastern Province Anuradha Yahampath has ordered the Local Government Commissioner N. Manivannan to conduct an immediate inquiry into the ferry accident in the Kurinchankerny Lagoon in Kinniya, Trincomalee this morning.
The Governor issued directives to conduct an inquiry into the incident and to look into those responsible for allowing the operation of the ferry including its maintenance.
A special committee led by the Secretary to the Ministry of Provincial Highways IKG Muthubanda has been appointed to conduct an investigation.
A statement issued by the Office of the Governor said, the Governor also instructed the DIG in Charge of the Trincomalee District to conduct a special Police investigation into the incident.
It was confirmed that three members of the same family were among the victims of the ferry capsize in the lagoon adjacent to the Kurinchankerny Bridge in Kinniya, Trincomalee this morning.
The three were identified as a 30-year-old mother, her six-year-old son and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Police said two sisters of another family were also among the deceased.
The other victim was identified as a 70-year-old male.
19 individuals, five girls, six boys, four males and four females, were rescued after the capsize and are currently receiving treatment at the Kinniya Hospital while a 6-year-old girl is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the Trincomalee General Hospital.