Ethiopian migrants drown near Tanzania coast trying to sail to SA


Seven Ethiopian migrants have drowned after the boat they were in capsized off the coast of Tanzania. The boat was carrying 13 people and was en route to South Africa, Tanzanian police said on Tuesday.

Tanga Regional Police Commander Edward Bukombe said the boat went down early on Monday off East Africa’s Indian Ocean near Tanzania’s maritime border with Kenya.

The search is on for missing people.

Tanzania’s immigration service will work hand in hand with the Ethiopian Embassy to arrange proper burial arrangements for the dead and decide on how to deal with those rescued at sea.

“After questioning, the survivors told us that they were going to South Africa,” he said.

Details about where the boat was headed and how it capsized are yet to be determined, the captain of the boat is amongst the people missing.


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