27 Dead As Fishing Boat Sinks Off Honduras


At least 27 people died and nine were missing Wednesday when their fishing boat sank off the Caribbean coast of Honduras, the country’s military said.

Armed forces spokesman Jose Meza said that 55 people survived when the vessel sank off the remote coastal Mosquitia region.

Ninety-one people were aboard the boat, the 70-tonne “Wallie,” when it set sail from Cabo Gracias a Dios — on the country’s easternmost point bordering Nicaragua — after a seasonal ban on lobster fishing was lifted.

The boat sank near Cayo Gorda, a tiny island just northeast of their point of departure. The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear.

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Meza added that the bodies and the survivors would be taken to Puerto Lempira, the main city in eastern Honduras.

Hours before the “Wallie” sank, an overloaded fishing boat in the same area went under.

Meza said that 49 people were rescued from that boat, the “Miss Francely,” which had a capacity to carry 31 people.

The head of the Honduran Merchant Marine, Juan Carlos Rivera, told HCH television that reports from the remote region were incomplete, but that experts will begin to look into what happened to prevent such deadly accidents from taking place again.

Rivera said that authorities have suspended navigation permits for up to three years for boats whose owners bring on too many fishermen.

The captain of the vessel sent out the SOS just before dying, local media reported.


Two Killed, Several Injured In Lagos Boat Capsize


Two persons were killed and several others missing following a boat mishap that occurred at the Ipakan Boat Jetty, Egbin in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The boat which is reported to have been en route Badore in Ajah to Egbin in Ikorodu with about 21 passengers on board allegedly capsized on Saturday night.

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident which occurred at about 11:00 pm, said investigations reveal that the boat was flipped over by the heavy current.

Three persons were, however, rescued and taken to hospital while the dead comprise a 40-year old woman and a yet-to-be-identified man who were found by the agency’s response team.

Rescue and recovery efforts continue for the other missing passengers by officials of LASEMA, the state’s Waterways Agency (LASWA) and the Marine Police.

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12 Killed After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Turkey

This handout picture released and taken on June 17, 2019 by the Turkish coastguard shows illegal migrants being rescued after their boat sank in the Aegean sea, off the coast of southwestern Turkey. AFP

Twelve people died after a boat carrying migrants sank off southwestern Turkey on Monday, the coastguard said.

Thirty-one migrants were rescued after the boat went down off the coast of Bodrum district in Mugla province, the coastguard added, with search and rescue efforts continuing.

The nationality of the migrants was not immediately known.

The incident took place a few kilometres (miles) from the Greek island of Kos.

Home to three million Syrian refugees and up to 300,000 Iraqis who have fled conflict, Turkey is a transit country for migrants trying to reach Europe.

Numbers have dropped since hitting a peak in 2015 when over a million people arrived in Greece fromTurkey, mostly via boats, during the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

But a March 2016 deal between Ankara and the European Union helped staunch the flow.

Arrivals on the Greek islands were 875,000 in 2015, dropping to under 40,000 per year in 2017 and 2018, according to EU border force Frontex.

Between January and June this year, 555 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The figure was 924 last year with a peak of 2,911 deaths recorded in 2016.


Footballers, Fans Killed In Boat Capsize


At least eight members of a Ugandan football team and their fans died and 15 more are missing, after a boat, they were travelling in capsized on Lake Albert, police said Monday.

The boat was travelling between two fishing villages in the west of the country when it capsized, with police attributing the accident to overloading and bad weather.

“So far we have recovered eight bodies … up to 15 people are missing and a joint Marine unit is on the waters. But we expect no more survivors,” Ugandan area regional spokesman, Julius Allan Hakiza, told AFP.

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A local official in Fofo, Baker Ogen, told AFP the toll was higher.

“Those who have died in this tragedy are 30 and all from my area,” said Ogen.

“The boat was loaded with our players and supporters. It had over 60 people but 32 of those survived,” he said, adding that the dead included five players and the team coach.

“It is a tragedy for us and a big loss,” he added.

In December 2016, at least 30 Ugandan members of a village football team and their fans drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party.

In 2014 at least 251 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo drowned on the lake while returning home from Uganda.

Such accidents are common in Africa’s Great Lakes region, where boats are often the only form of transportation, are over-crowded and poorly maintained, and few people know how to swim.

Almost 140 people died last month on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Last year in Tanzania 228 people drowned when a ferry sank just metres from the shore on Lake Victoria.


Four Missing As Passenger Boat Capsizes In Delta


A boat carrying 22 passengers has capsized in Ebrohimi community creek in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed the development to Channels Television.

According to the acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, the boat comprises of three police officers and 19 other passengers.

“The report available to the Command reveals that on March 9, a boat conveying 22 passengers, three Policemen and 19 members of the community returning from ward 3 Ebrohimi to Koko Jetty after the elections, at about 0120hrs capsized along the waterway at Ureju community,” he stated.

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The police officer explained that 18 passengers including three Policemen and 15 natives have been successfully rescued.

He added that 4 passengers are still missing, two of the rescued passengers have been rushed to the Oghara General Hospital.

Contrary to some rumours, the police spokesman noted that no Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official or National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member was involved in the boat mishap.

He also reiterated the commitment of the police in rescuing the missing passengers.

Five Dead, 130 Missing As Migrant Boats Sink Off Djibouti – IOM

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Five people are dead and about 130 missing off the coast of Djibouti after two boats carrying migrants capsized, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred about 30 minutes after the overloaded boats set off in heavy seas from Godoria on the Horn of Africa nation’s northeast coastline, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

“After being alerted by local residents, a team of gendarmerie gathered this afternoon near the reported site of the disaster and discovered two survivors as well as the remains of three women and two men,” IOM said in a statement.

One survivor estimated there were 130 people on his boat, but wasn’t able to say the number of passengers on the other vessel.

“The coast guard was also alerted and launched search and rescue operations. Those operations are still underway with two patrol boats,” said the statement.

Located across the Bab el-Mandeb strait from war-torn Yemen and next to volatile Somalia and Ethiopia, Djibouti has in recent years become a transit point for migrants heading to find work on the Arabian Peninsula.

Refugees fleeing Yemen also try and cross in the other direction.

The strategic sea crossing has repeatedly proven perilous.

Last year, at least 30 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia believed to be headed for Djibouti drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Yemen amid reports of gunfire being used against those on board.

In August 2017, dozens of migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia died after human traffickers forced them off two Yemen-bound boats and into the sea.

Eight Dead As Boat Capsizes In India

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A ferry packed with Hindu devotees capsized Monday in southern India as it returned from a festival, killing at least eight people on board with more still missing, officials said.

The boat was believed to be carrying around 30 passengers from an island temple in southern Karnataka state when it overturned in rough waters.

“Eight people have died. We managed to rescue 18 others and think another five or six may still be missing,” police district superintendent Vinayak Patil told AFP.

Thousands of pilgrims travel across the open sea to a festival at the temple each year, Patil said.

A search and rescue operation was underway on the Arabian Sea near Karwar, a navy spokesman said, confirming the death toll but adding that only one passenger was believed unaccounted for while 17 others had been rescued.

Navy helicopters and speedboats were dispatched to the area to help search for survivors.

Boat accidents are common in India, with most blamed on overcrowding and poor maintenance.

At least 10 people were killed in eastern India earlier this month when a packed boat overturned near an island popular with local tourists.

Last May, some 19 people were killed when a boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh state in the country’s south.


Boat Carrying Over 300 Migrants Rescued Off Libya Reaches Spain

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A charity rescue boat carrying 311 mainly African migrants rescued off Libya entered Spanish waters Friday morning and was set to berth in a southern port near Gibraltar, an AFP journalist said.

Proactiva Open Arms, the Spanish charity which runs the Open Arms vessel said the migrants were mainly from Somalia, Nigeria and Mali. They were rescued on December 21 from three vessels but were denied entry by Italy and Malta.


20 Migrants Missing In Boat Fire Off Algerian Coast


Twenty migrants were missing Friday a day after the boat they were travelling in caught fire off the Algerian coast, official media said.

The APS national news agency, quoting an unnamed security source, said the migrants were among 29 people aboard the ill-fated boat.

A Liberian-flagged vessel assisted the boat and rescued nine people, including two newborn babies, the agency said, adding that some had suffered burns.

The survivors are in “stable condition”, APS said quoting Mohammed Sayeb, the director of the Tenes hospital west of Algiers where they were taken for treatment.

Online news website Al-Shuruq quoted a survivor as saying the fire broke out shortly after the migrants set off at midnight Wednesday from the coastal city of Oran in northwest Algeria.

According to the report the passengers — all of them Algerians — jumped into the sea to escape the blaze.

It was not clear what started the fire.


Boat Accident Kills 11 In Ogun

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Eleven persons have been confirmed killed after a boat capsized in Tafa River at Maun II in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

An eyewitness who revealed that the boat was conveying 29 linked the cause to a faulty engine.

He added that the boat was already in the middle of the river ferrying passengers and their goods from Badagry area of Lagos State to Maun in Ipokia when the incident occurred on Friday.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday.

He, however, blamed the incident on overloading, in addition to the boat travelling at night without a headlamp while passengers were not wearing life jackets.

“Yes, there was boat capsize,” Oyeyemi said. “It was overloaded. The boat did not have light and travelled in the night. It had a head-on collision with a pillar in the river.”

He added, “The passengers were coming from Badagry in Lagos to Ipokia. It was the last boat left and all the 29 traders boarded the boat.”

The command’s spokesman explained that 16 passengers were rescued while 10 died on Thursday and the other one on Friday.

He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area to ensure that boat passengers must wear life jackets.

Oyeyemi said boat operators have also been warned not to carry more than their capacity.

He added that the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue in Ipokia.

Five Killed As Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Turkey

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Five people died after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized off Turkey’s northwestern coast on Sunday, state media reported.

The Turkish coastguard found the bodies after the rubber vessel sank off the Enez district in Edirne province, Anadolu news agency said.

Fearing the numbers on board could be higher, the coastguard continued to search and rescue efforts, the agency added.

The cause of the incident was not yet known but a Mediterranean storm is battering Greece and brought heavy rain and wind to Turkey’s Aegean cities.

The agency did not give details of the migrants’ nationalities however Turkey hosts over three million Syrian refugees and up to 300,000 Iraqis.

It is also one of the transit countries used by those fleeing war and poverty to try and reach Europe.

The flow of refugees into Europe has slowed since the influx hit a peak in 2015 when over a million people landed in Greece from Turkey, the majority via boats.


One Dead, 19 Rescued As Boat Capsizes In Lagos

One Dead, 19 Rescued As Boat Capsizes In Lagos
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The Lagos State government has confirmed the death of one person in a boat accident which occurred at the Oworonshoki end of Third Mainland Bridge area of the state.

Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday in a statement, said 19 persons were also rescued by the agency.

The passenger boat was said to be travelling from Ikorodu to CMS when it capsized at about 9:30am in Oworonshoki after hitting a submerged object.

Emmanuel, however, said the rescued persons have already been taken to Ebute Ero Jetty from where they were transferred to the hospital while further investigation into the cause of the accident was ongoing.

“A passenger boat named SEALINK with 20 passengers and two crew onboard coming from Ikorodu to CMS ran over a submerged wooden boat close to Third Mainland Bridge. 19 passengers were carried to safety to Ebute Ero Jetty,” he said.

“The LASWA emergency response team recovered a female body (identified as a police officer attached to Zone Two police station) and handed over the corpse to the Marine Police. Her husband is an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

“The submerged SEALINK Boat has been salvaged and towed to a secure location off the waterways. Salvaging Operations are also taking place to get the submerged wooden boat off the navigable channel,” the LASWA boss added.

He informed that the crew members of the said boat have been taken to police custody for further investigation while commiserating with the family of the deceased.

He also assured resident that the state government would not relent in coming up with policies and programmes aimed at ensuring safety on the waterways.