Madagascar: At least 17 dead in shipwreck

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At least 17 people were lost the Zoe in the wreck of a cargo ship off the coast Madagascar this morning and the search continues to locate another 60 who remain missing, as it became known by the local port authorities.

The ship was carrying 130 people and 45 have been rescued so far, according to Capt. Jean-Edmond Randrianandenaine, director general of the Seaport and River Services (APMF). “Investigations are ongoing for the others,” he added.

The ship was not allowed to carry passengers, but boarded them and set sail from Adana.

It is a wooden cargo ship, type cargo, which was headed to Soaneirana-Ivongo, about 100 km south. An APMF spokesman in the city said that at the first sign, he had a problem with his engine. “He was left stranded by the waves and excelled on a reef,” explained Adrian Fabrice Ratsimbazafi.

A team of police officers is heading to the scene of the wreck and the authorities have already started the criminal investigation of the accident. Many locals are involved in the search for the wrecks.

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