24 Tanzanian Seamen Reported Drowned
Twenty-four Tanzanian seamen drowned after their dhow or traditional sailing vessel capsized en route from Zanzibar Island to the mainland town of Bagamoyo, the only survivor said Saturday.
Zanzibari sailor Msirifu Bweni said he was rescued Friday by British brothers Simon and Bruce Phillips, who found him clinging to the hull of the capsized boat as they were scuba diving near the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
Bweni said 15 of his colleagues were swept overboard when the boat overturned in a storm last Sunday. The rest starved to death as the capsized vessel drifted northward toward the Kenyan coast.