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Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 183

Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 183

22 September 2018 Saturday 14:16
Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 183

UKARA, Tanzania

Divers rescued a man on Saturday as they searched for survivors from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing at least 183 people.

The upturned passenger ferry MV Nyerere floats in the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. (AP Photo)

The upturned passenger ferry MV Nyerere floats in the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. (AP Photo)

Four navy divers resumed the search operation inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life.

They pulled a man out of the overturned ship and he was rushed to hospital, a Reuters witness said. His condition was not immediately known.

Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested was carrying more than 300 people, and state broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 183.

Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe said the government was sending sophisticated equipment to aid the rescue effort.

“This equipment will increase efficiency in the rescue operation and we will continue with the search until we are satisfied that we have rescued everyone,” he told Reuters.

Relatives of the deceased had started to identify the bodies of their loved ones, he said.

EDS NOTE: RETRANSMISSION NAI111 OF FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018, FOR IMPROVED QUALITY.  Rescuers retrieve a dead body from the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. (AP Photo)
EDS NOTE: RETRANSMISSION NAI111 OF FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018, FOR IMPROVED QUALITY. Rescuers retrieve a dead body from the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. (AP Photo)
Updated: 22.09.2018 15:17
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