Zanzibar ferry sinking: 147 presumed dead

2012-07-21 14:32

Zanzibar - An official in Tanzania says authorities have halted rescue operations seeking missing passengers of an overloaded ferry that capsized this week.

Government official Ali Juma Shamhuna said on Saturday the final figures showed that 69 passengers died and that 77 were still missing - resulting in a total of 146 people now presumed dead.

Shamhuna says the ferry MV Skagit, which capsized on Wednesday while travelling from the country's economic capital Dar es Salaam to the island of Zanzibar, was carrying 291 passengers despite the fact the ferry was certified to carry only 250.

He says a total of 145 people were rescued.

Last September, more than 200 people were killed when a crowded ferry (and sister ship) travelling between two islands of the Zanzibar archipelago sank.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-07-21 18:15

    When will people learn that overloading is a recipe for disaster?

  • honestraymond2003 - 2012-07-21 19:04

    I cry for my beloved country... We seem to be failing in all fronts!

  • Innocent - 2012-07-21 19:58

    What Zanzibar government doing to avoid ferry capsized. It mascree in a space of 10 months last september 200 and 147 peoples died no ferry capsized this year .

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