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12 bodies recovered, more feared dead in ferry accident in Tanzania

07-19-2012 02:13 BJT

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Twelve bodies of the victims of a ferry accident on Wednesday off Tanzanian coast have been recovered by search teams while 129 of some 250 passengers have been rescued.

Mwinyi Haji Makame, state minister in Zanzibari President's Office confirmed that 12 bodies were retrieved by the search teams and dozens were rushed to hospital for medical treatment while more survivors reached ashore boarding rescue vessels at Stone Town.

The ferry belonging to Seagull company was heading to Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, from Dar es Salaam when it sank near Chumbe, a coral park and former army base, about 10 km from Unguja island, Zanzibar's main island.

The ferry with six crews and over 250 passengers including 31 children left Dar es Salaam at 12:00 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) for a four hour trip to Unguja.

The strong wind and high waves are attributed to the accident, which according to the survivors lead to the engine failure and consequent tilting and capsizing of the vessel.

Tanzanian navy and police along with several passenger and cargo ferries nearby have been mobilized to join search and rescue efforts.

In September last year, A ferry accident in the waters near northern Unguja killed over 200 passengers, including many children and women, due to overloading.


Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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