Hundreds Missing in 2 Ferry Accidents

600 aboard vessel in Tanzania; smaller accident in China
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2011 7:42 AM CDT
Backpacks and recovered bodies are laid out after a ferry carrying students on a holiday trip capsized in Shaoyang county in south China's Hunan province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Separate ferry accidents in Tanzania and China have taken a heavy toll:

  • Tanzania: An overcrowded ship with about 600 people capsized in rough seas after leaving port at Dar es Salaam. At least 40 are dead and about 370 missing. The rest were rescued, reports AP. Relatives are livid the ship was allowed to leave with such a heavy load.
  • China: At least nine students and two adults drowned when their ferry capsized in a river in central China, reports AP. The students were on a holiday trip, and at least three more people are missing. Police in Hunan province have detained the boat owners.

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