At least 64 people drowned after the wreckage of a cargo ship off Madagascar on Monday, the gendarmerie said today, reviewing its account after finding 25 more bodies.
“Twenty-five bodies were collected today off the island of Saint-Marie, probably due to the currents. The death toll now stands at 64 “, confirmed the head of the gendarmerie, Zafisabatra Ravoavi.
The ship was carrying about 130 passengers, of whom 45 have been rescued. About twenty are still missing, with the search continuing.
This wooden cargo ship departed from Anceraka on Monday morning and was heading to Soanierana-Iwongo, about 100 km further south. The ship was forbidden to carry passengers, according to the port.
According to the first data of the investigation, “he had a problem with his engine”, explained Adrian Fabrice Ratsimbazafi, a representative of the Seaport and River Services Authority (APMF). “He was left stranded by the waves and was on a reef,” he added.