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Ferry capsizes off Zanzibar killing dozens


Passengers wait to be rescued on the overturned capsized MV Skagit/Kalama off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, on July 18. MV Skagit/Kalama carrying 250 adults and 31 children onboard capsized off the east African coast of the Zanzibar in Tanzania, killing at least 15 people. One foreign woman was among the dead, the reports say. The boat was heading to Zanzibar from Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam.


Wrapped in blankets, survivors of the MV Karama Star Gate, ferry accident are brought into Malindi port in Zanzibar Wednesday July 18.


Rescuers assist a survivor from a ferry tragedy, at the port of Zanzibar on July 18. Rescue boats and divers were searching for any remaining survivors on the mostly submerged vessel.

 From Reuters: STONE TOWN, Zanzibar  - A ferry with more than 250 people on board, including some foreigners, capsized and sank between the east African coast and the Zanzibar archipelago on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, police said.

The ferry, MV Skagit/Kalama, set sail from mainland Tanzania at around midday for Zanzibar, Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago and a popular tourist destination. Click here to continue reading this developing story from Zanzibar.

At least 31 people are dead, with dozens more reported missing, when a ferry capsizes and sinks off the eastern coast of Africa. NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.