8 fishermen die, 15 missing in Senegal

2013-03-24 22:06

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Saint-Louis - Eight fishermen died and 15 others went missing after their canoes capsized in rough seas off the coast of Senegal, hospital sources and owners of the boats said on Sunday.

"The morgue has received eight dead bodies," said Babacar Thiandoum, director of the Saint-Louis hospital in northern Senegal, where the incident took place.

"A total of 15 other fishermen who went out to sea didn't came back," Alassane Fall, owner of one of the canoes, told AFP - a figure confirmed by the other boat owners.

Another eight people survived and are in hospital.

Commercial fishing is one of Senegal's main export industries, but it has in recent years been hit by dwindling fish numbers and falling revenues.

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