Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tragedy at sea

The Citizen "Dar es Salaam. It was a day of sorrow and shock in Tanzania yesterday as 180 people died after a grossly overcrowded ferry capsized off Zanzibar. Scores more are still missing in one of the biggest tragedies to hit the country in recent years.

MV Spice Islander I sank about 30 kilometres into its journey to Pemba. Head of the rescue mission Lieutenant Hussein Mohamed told The Citizen on Sunday evening that preliminary reports indicated that the tragedy was caused by overloading.

“It was heavily overloaded with passengers and cargo,” Lieutenant Mohamed said. “It started sinking in the rear, where water got into the vessel.” "