Tanzania Rescue Team Join Search For Missing Boat

Tanzanian government has joined the search for the missing boat which was drowned in Lake Malawi in the early hours of Saturday.

About twelve people whose nationalities are not yet known are feared dead.

Mwakasenge- we are here to help

Mwakasenge- we are here to help

Reports indicate that the Tanzanian government has now joined the search with fifteen divers helping their Malawian counterparts to search for the missing people.

Speaking at the official welcoming of the fifteen divers on Tuesday, Tanzanian high commissioner Victoria Richard Mwakasege told local media that the team has experts who have skills to search for the bodies.

The twelve unidentified passengers were sailing on Lake Malawi from Mbamba Bay in Tanzania to Nkhata Bay in Malawi using the Tanzanian boat MV Mapezi.

According to Assistant Surveyor of Vessels for Nkhata-Bay and Likoma Island Chikumbutso Ziyaya, when a rescue team arrived at the scene they found that the boat had already sunk.

The team of divers from Malawi called off the search as they did not find any body at the scene.

The boat is said to have left Mbamba-Bay for Nkhata-Bay in the wee hours of Saturday May 21st, and while 50 kilometers away from Nkhata-Bay the captain and some of the passengers sent a distress signal after the boat developed a suspected pump failure.

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