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Death toll rises to 27 in Tanzanian ferry accident

07-19-2012 07:28 BJT

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The death toll in the Tanzanian ferry accident has risen to 27 after another 15 victims were retrieved by search teams.

The ferry with over 280 passengers on board, capsized in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zan-zi-bar. Rescue vessels and divers have been battling to search for survivors. So far 142 passengers have been rescued. Dozens of injured people, including 12 foreigners, have been rushed to hospital.

The ferry is owned by the Seagull Company and was heading to Zanzibar - the semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. Strong winds and powerful waves are thought to have led to engine failure and the consequent capsizing of the vessel. The Tanzanian navy, police and several passenger and cargo ferries have joined the search and rescue efforts.

Victims of a ferry accident are carried ashore from a rescue boat in Zanzibar. At
least 24 people died Wednesday when a ferry sank off the coast of Zanzibar, the
transport minister of the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago said. (AFP Photo/Issa



Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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