Seven missing in Zanzibar boat capsize

2013-01-31 18:44
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Zanzibar ferry

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Zanzibar - At least seven people are missing after a boat capsized off the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar on Thursday, police said.

"The boat was heading towards Nungwi port in Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania when it was hit by strong waves and capsized. At least seven people, including three children remain unaccounted for," Zanzibar's regional police commissioner Ahmad Khamis told AFP.

He said 25 people were rescued and taken to hospital and that five were in critical condition.

"Seven are still missing, presumed dead," said Zanzibar Maritime Authority director Abdi Khamis Maalim. "The search for them continues in rough seas."

Police say the MV Sunrise, a ship registered in 2010 and authorised to carry only cargo, set sail despite warnings of poor weather from the meteorological department.

Read more on:    tanzania  |  zanzibar  |  east africa

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