Engineer miraculously survived 2 days inside capsized ferry

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2018

"These sorts of ferry disasters where Africans are using waterways nearly as highways in the USA happen periodically, and sometimes hundreds of people are killed", Quist-Arcton said.

Tanzania's Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency, which is responsible for ferry services, said it was unknown how many passengers were aboard the MV Nyerere.

Saying that the death toll would likely rise, Mongella added that the number of people on board was not known.

The last major ferry accident on Lake Victoria occurred in 1996 in the same region, killing at least 500 people. Civilians and official rescuers were said to be frantically working together to help the survivors of the disaster.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame also sent a message of condolence to families of victims of the ferry accident.

Tanzania's president John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of the ferry, and says he has already begun to detain those involved.

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.

They pulled a man out of the overturned ship soon after and he was rushed to hospital, a Reuters witness said, while bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel.

"This is a great disaster for our nation", President John Magufuli said in an address to the nation on TBC. The bodies of 37 others have not yet been identified, he told the broadcaster.

Moments before the tragedy, the ferry made a sharp turn and tipped to one side, throwing people and cargo into the frigid water, Burana told the state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corp.

Chibuga described how he survived when the boat capsized.

In 2011, 192 people were killed when a heavily overloaded ferry capsized between the country's most populous city, Dar es Salaam, and the tourist island of Unguja (referred to informally as Zanzibar).

None of the 289 Filipinos in Tanzania were reported to be among the casualties, the DFA said in a statement citing the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi.

"We have often raised concerns about the poor condition of this ferry, but the government turned a deaf ear".

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