Arusha, Tanzania - A ferry sank in Lake Tanganyika overnight, leaving eight dead and around 20 missing, police said Friday.
“The ferry between Tanzania and Burundi had some 90 people on board,” police spokesman Advera Senso told AFP by telehone.
CORRECTS FERRY THAT CAPSIZED TO MV SKAGIT, THE SISTER SHIP OF MV KALAMA This July 6, 2012 photo shows the MV Kalama docked at Zanzibar's Malindi port, Tanzania. The Kalama and its sister ship the MV Skagit were bought from Washington State Ferries in 2011 by Tanzania and provided a ferry service between the mainland and Zanzibar. A Zanzibar official says at least a dozen people were killed in a ferry accident off the coast of Tanzania's island region of Zanzibar. Mwinyihaji Makame, a deputy minister in the office of the president, said Wednesday it remained unclear how many passengers were on board the MV Skagit , but witnesses said the ferry carried more than 200 people when it sank. The MV Skagit left Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania, on Wednesday en route to the island of Zanzibar. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)
“At a certain point, there was a very violent wind and the boat capsized,” she said. “Eight people died - their bodies were recovered,” she said, adding that 60 people were rescued. - Sapa-AFP