221 Missing, 8 Dead in Sierra Leone Boat Accident

Vessel was carrying mostly schoolkids
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2009 8:33 AM CDT
A file photo. More than 200 people are missing after a boat capsized in Sierra Leone.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Defense Force)

(Newser) – Police say more than 200 people remain missing in Sierra Leone a day after a boat capsized, killing at least eight. Most of the passengers were schoolchildren returning from holidays in the West African nation. At least 221 people remain missing, with 39 passengers rescued. The boat was traveling from the village of Shenge to Tombo, near Freetown, when the accident occurred yesterday.