Tanzania ferry sinks off Zanzibar
06:47 Thu Jul 19, 2012
Taken from/By: AFP
Report by: BBC News
At least 24 people have died after a Tanzanian ferry carrying about 280 passengers and crew sank near the island of Zanzibar.
Two of the victims were Europeans, a Zanzibar minister said. Officials say 145 people have been rescued, but dozens are still missing.
The boat had left the city of Dar es Salaam, mainland Tanzania, earlier in the day.
The navy said it got into difficulty because of strong winds.
“We have so far received 24 bodies, including two Europeans,” Zanzibar’s Transport Minister Hamad Masoud Hamad told reporters.
The BBC’s Aboubakar Famau in Dar es Salaam said the MV Skagit ferry left the city at 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT) bound for the main island of the semi-autonomous archipelago.
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