Madagascar boat accident kills at least 19 people; 66 missing

ANTANANARIVO – A SHIP accident off the coast of northeastern Madagascar killed at least 19 folks, and searches had been underneath method to locate SIXTY SIX passengers who remained unaccounted for, the country’s maritime company mentioned on Tuesday.

The vessel, a cargo ship that was once now not authorized to move other folks, was once overloaded and water flooded the engine, stated Mamy Randrianavony, director of operations at sea at the Maritime and River Port Company (APMF).

There have been A HUNDRED THIRTY passengers at the send, travelling from Antanambe to Soanierana Ivongo, and 45 had been found alive.

“Searches are below way to find the other passengers. Three boats have been sent to go looking,” stated Randrianavony.

A seek helicopter sporting Normal Serge Gellé, who heads the nationwide Gendarmerie, crashed at sea past due on Monday. Gellé was discovered alive Tuesday morning after swimming for almost 12 hours, he said in a video published to social media. A mechanic on board the helicopter used to be additionally discovered, however two passengers remain unaccounted for.

Gellé used to be accompanying High Minister Christian Ntsay and the Minister of National Defence Common Léon Richard Rakotonirina, who had travelled to the area to supervise the hunt operations in a separate helicopter.

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