30 bodies found from Sierra Leone boat accident
Associated Press
2009-09-12 01:28 AM
Officials say they have recovered 30 bodies from the overloaded wooden boat that capsized off the coast of Sierra Leone with nearly 300 passengers aboard.

John Rogers of the National Disaster Management Department says only 30 dead passengers and 39 survivors are accounted for since the boat sank off Sierra Leone's coast Wednesday.

Speaking Friday, Rogers blamed overloading and bad weather.

Maritime official Philip Lukuley says the small boat also was carrying an excess of edible palm oil. He says the boat was designed to hold 60 people and didn't have lifejackets.

At least 221 people, including many schoolchildren returning from holidays, are still unaccounted for.

The boat was traveling from the village of Shenge to Tombo, near Freetown, when it sank.

Advertisement »
HOME |  WORLD |  Politics |  Business |  Sports |  TAIWAN |  Technology |  Health |  Society |  OPINION |  E-Paper
  • Taiwan News  ©  2016 All Rights Reserved.