Friday, March 31, 2006

The latest on the Bahrain sea disaster

It is now believed that at least 57 people - six of them South Africans – have died after a crowded pleasure boat sank in the Gulf off the coast of Bahrain. BBC News reports that at least 63 people were rescued from the al-Dana vessel, which was carrying up to 150 people foreigners and Bahraini nationals. Seven of those rescued were South Africans. They have already been discharged after being treated in hospital. Foreign affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says initial reports indicate that 13 South Africans were on board the vessel. He says once a process of verification has been completed the next-of-kin will be informed. The two-deck Arabic dhow capsized in calm seas not far from the shoreline during an evening dinner cruise.

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