Sakassou, Ivory Coast -

Eleven people perished and one was missing after a boat capsized in a lake in central Ivory Coast, the captain said on Friday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday in Lake Kossou, near the village of Dangakora, about 400 kilometres north of the west African country's main city Abidjan, the boat's captain told AFP.

The boat was carrying a total of 24 passengers, he said, adding: “Eleven bodies were plucked out of the water and buried in the village, and one passenger is missing.”

The other 12 survived.

The boat was just 300 metres from shore when it “struck a piece of wood, which pierced the boat and it capsized,” the captain said.

Witnesses and local authorities confirmed his account. - Sapa-AFP