Ferry capsizes off Zanzibar, at least 31 dead

Posted: 07/19/2012 in all marine news

Ally Saleh – 

A ferry with more than 250 people on board, including some foreigners, capsized and sank between the east African coast and the Zanzibar archipelago on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, police said.

Police Commissioner Mussa Ali Mussa said 145 people had been rescued and that the rescue mission was suspended until morning.

The ferry, MV Skagit/Kalama, set sail from mainland Tanzania at around midday for Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago and a popular tourist destination.

“The latest count that we have is 31 people dead and 145 were rescued.

We have suspended the rescue operation for the night, but we will resume it at first light in the morning,” Mussa told Reuters by telephone.

“The passenger boat had between 250 and 300 people on board when it capsized in rough seas.”

Government spokesman Yusuf Chunda said a foreigner was among those killed, but it was not clear how many others had been on board the vessel.

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