Madagascar shipwreck death toll rises to 85

AFP , Thursday 23 Dec 2021

A shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar this week has claimed 85 lives, maritime officials said Thursday, after retrieving 21 more bodies a day earlier.

Madagascar cargo boat
Madagascar cargo boat death toll rises to 85, maritime officials said on Dec, 22, 2021. (Photo courtesy of official Minist re de la D fense Nationale Madagascar Twitter)

Maritime authorities said 138 people were on the 12-foot-long boat carrying cargo which sank on Monday, adding that only 50 had been rescued.

The dead include five children.

The wooden vessel, a cargo boat not authorised to carry passengers, had set off from the village of Antseraka for Soanierana-Ivongo, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the south.

Initial investigations suggested the vessel's engine had a "technical problem", according to Adrien Fabrice Ratsimbazafy of the River and Maritime Port Agency (APMF).

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