Tanzania ferry death toll rises to 224, ship's managers detained

Tanzania ferry death toll rises to 224, ship's managers detainedTanzanian authorities said on Sunday the number of people who died in a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria had risen to 224 and the vessel’s managers had been detained for questioning. The ferry, MV Nyerere, sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island. Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe told state broadcaster TBC the death toll had risen to 224 as of Sunday afternoon.


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Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200The death toll from a crowded capsized ferry in Lake Victoria rose to more than 200 Saturday, with scores of victims identified by grieving relatives, as rescuers found one lucky survivor from the disaster. Divers continued their grim search in the waters around the upturned hull watched by anxious crowds gathered just metres away on the shore of Ukara Island, where the ferry had been due to dock when it lurched over and sank on Thursday. “We regret that at the moment there are 209 dead in total, 172 of whom have already been identified by relatives,” said Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe during a press conference broadcast by the public television TBC 1.


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Survivor found two days after Tanzania shipwreck after shutting himself in ferry engine room

Survivor found two days after Tanzania shipwreck after shutting himself in ferry engine roomAn engineer who had  shut himself into the engine room of a shipwrecked ferry was found alive yesterday, two days after it capsized in Tanzania.  Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested was carrying more than 300 people. State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 207. Four navy divers resumed their search inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled one man out of the overturned ship and he was rushed to hospital, a Reuters witness said. His condition was not immediately known. On Friday, President John Magufuli ordered the arrest of those responsible for the sinking. Tanzanian rescue workers remove bodies of victims from the water Credit: AFP Dozens of relatives stood crying by the shoreline as they waited for information on their loved ones. Coffins were lined up nearby awaiting bodies being pulled from the vessel, which lay belly up in the water just metres from the shoreline. “The ferry overturned very fast and covered us,” survivor Charles Ngarima told Reuters. “I was lucky that I was able to swim under water not knowing where I was swimming to…while trying to swim to safety, I found a number of metal bars that cut my face and the back of my head.” Another survivor, Jennifer Idhoze, blamed the ferry had capsized because it was overloaded. “I was able to jump out of the ferry… That is how I survived,” she said. Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe said the government was sending special equipment to aid the rescue effort. The death toll after the capsized in Lake Victoria has risen to more than 207 Credit: AFP “This equipment will increase efficiency in the rescue operation and we will continue with the search until we are satisfied that we have rescued everyone,” he told Reuters. The ferry sank on Thursday evening just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island. 


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