Tanzania: A man has been rescued from an air pocket in the Tanzania ferry disaster after the death toll reached 207 on Saturday. An engineer named Alphonce Charahani survived in an air pocket inside the MV Nyerere ferry, which capsized near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora on September 20. Also Read - What Does a Sexual Assault Survivor Look Like to You?
A man has been rescued from a ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, two days after it overturned with the loss of at least 207 lives. Charahani is said to be in a serious condition. It is being said that the ship lost its balance when passengers moved over to one side. Also Read - My Sexual Assault and the Silence That Followed
A search operation led to finding the lone survivor after divers heard a knocking noise. Divers pulled him out of the vessel as the engineer had locked himself in a small room inside the ship. Also Read - 10 organisms that can survive almost anything
It must be noted that bodies are still being taken out of the water. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli on Friday said he had ordered the arrest of all those who managed the ferry and declared four days of national mourning. Magufuli reportedly said, “negligence has cost us so many lives”, and said it seemed “clear that the ferry was overloaded”.
“The arrests have already begun,” he said.
Local media too said that the ferry’s official capacity was 100 people, but officials say the vessel was carrying more than twice that number when it capsized. It operates on a busy route, crossing eight times a day between the islands of Ukara and Ukwerewe, which are close to Tanzania’s second-largest city of Mwanza.
Tanzania has seen a number of disasters like this. In 2012, at least 145 people died when a packed ferry sank while transporting people to the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.