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Nearly 200 Killed in Tanzania Ferry Accident


A man rescued from a ferry accident is taken to a hospital in Nungwi, Zanzibar on September 10, 2011.

A man rescued from a ferry accident is taken to a hospital in Nungwi, Zanzibar on September 10, 2011.

Officials in Tanzania say nearly 200 people were drowned when an overcrowded ferry sank Saturday near Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

Reports from Zanzibar suggest the ferry, the MV Spice Islander, was even more overloaded than previously thought, with roughly 800 people on board.

The latest casualty report from authorities in Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital and main port, says there are just over 600 known survivors of the ferry disaster, some of whom are badly injured.

Large crowds gathered at the site where bodies are being taken and counted, hoping to get word about friends or relatives who were on board. A Zanzibar fishing vessel carries the survivors of the ferry crash ashore, Tanzania, September 10, 2011.

A Zanzibar fishing vessel carries the survivors of the ferry crash ashore, Tanzania, September 10, 2011.

The ferry sank early Saturday during a trip around the three islands that make up Tanzania's Zanzibar archipelago.

Emergency crews and vessels in the area have been searching the waters where the ferry went down.

There is no clear information yet about how many people were aboard the ill-fated ferry, or its operating condition.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, Reuters and AFP.

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