Sunday 20 May 2018

55 passengers die after overcrowded boat capsizes

James Macharia Nairobi

SOME 55 people have drowned after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement that the accident was the worst in the Gulf of Aden since February 2011 when 57 Somali migrants perished attempting to reach Yemen.

The UN agency quoted five of the survivors, all young Somali men, as saying the boat was overcrowded and ran into trouble almost immediately after leaving the port of Bosasso in the northern Somali breakaway region of Puntland.

It capsized just 15 minutes into its journey, spilling all 60 passengers into the sea.

So far, 23 bodies have been recovered. Five of the dead were Ethiopians. The 32 remaining passengers are presumed to have drowned.

Irish Independent

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