More Bodies Found at Sea

Published on Wednesday 2nd June 2010

The death toll from a boat accident in the Indian Ocean near the Kenyan border has risen to 20.

Eight more bodies have been recovered from Tanzanian waters after the vessel capsized in Tanga on Sunday night. The bodies were found along the Tanga coast on Monday night.

Tanzanian authorities said mv Fauz, a Kenyan registered boat, had more than 70 illegal immigrants when it capsized.

By Tuesday, rescuers were still looking for some 16 bodies, including that of the captain and his two colleagues believed to be Kenyans. Only 24 people have been rescued.

Kwale police commandant Nelson Okioga said Kenyan police and their Tanzanian counterparts were still looking for more bodies.

"We have found two bodies along the Kenyan coast but the search is still on and we expect to find more bodies in the ocean," said Mr Okioga.

And, speaking to the Nation from Tanga, local police boss Jafari Mohammed said the boat capsized at Chongolowani in Tanga, a few kilometres from the Kenyan border after it was hit by a storm.

He said the vessel was extensively damaged.

"Those rescued did not have travelling documents but are cooperating with the police," said the officer.

He said the vessel from Kenya was ferrying Ethiopians to Mozambique and South Africa.

The survivors have been detained by Tanzanian immigration officers.

"They told us they had hired the Kenyan vessel to take them to their respective destinations," said Mr Mohammed.

In the past six months, many illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Somalia, and Ethiopia have been arrested in various hotels in Mombasa while in transit to different countries.


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