Death toll at Zanzibar ferry disaster rises to 145, 73 bodies found so far, six crew mebers arrestedAuthorities in Zanzibar said Sunday, July 22, 2012 that 145 people were killed in last week’s ferry disaster in the Indian Ocean.
The announcement was made a day after the operation to find survivors from the sinking was called off.
The MV Skagit/Kalama, which also was carrying some foreigners, was en route to Zanzibar, a popular tourist destination, from mainland Tanzania last Wednesday. "We have recovered five more bodies, bringing the total number of bodies found so far to 73. The ferry had 290 people onboard and 145 were rescued, which means that 72 people are still unaccounted for," a Zanzibar police spokesman said.