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Vehicle Accident - India ocean - Comoros

EDIS Number: VI-20120521-35173-COM
Date / time: 21/05/2012 06:05:33 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: India ocean
Country: Comoros
State/County:
Location: [Indian Ocean]
Number of Deads: 5 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 15 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 19 person(s)
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Two adults and three children died while 15 people were missing after a boat sank off the French overseas department of Mayotte, the government said Sunday.The fishing boat was carrying 43 people from the nearby independent nation of the Comoros, the overseas ministry said in a statement. “The provisional toll is 19 people survived, 15 were missing and five bodies were found, including those of three children,” it said. One of the children was a baby.The statement said the accident occurred late Saturday afternoon, and that some survivors were rescued by a hotel dive club on the Indian Ocean island, whose people are some 10 times wealthier than Comoran islanders.The ministry has activated a maritime safety plan, and “the necessary aerial and nautical means are in place and will remain for as long as needed,” the statement said. A helicopter and a Zodiac were searching for the other survivors, it said.The archipelago of the Comoros voted to become independent from France in 1975, while the Mayotte islanders opted to remain under French rule.

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