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Hundreds Missing in Senegal Ferry Disaster - 2002-09-27


Hundreds of people are missing after a Senegalese ferry sank Friday off the coast of Gambia. At least 41 bodies have been pulled from the waters of the Atlantic.

Senegalese officials say about 700 people are missing after the vessel capsized while traveling from Senegal's southern Cassamance region to the capital in the north, Dakar.

Officials say the ferry was carrying close to 800 people when it was caught in rough weather.

Relatives of passengers gathered at the dock in Dakar, expressing anger over what they allege was negligence on the part of the ferry's operator. There was no official explanation for the disaster.

Rescue boat crews pulled at least 60 survivors from the sea. They continued to comb the waters in search of more late Friday.

The government of President Abdoulaye Wade declared a three-day period of national mourning.

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