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64 Feared Drowned in Boat Sinking

February 20, 1991

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ A passenger ship sank between the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, and 64 people were feared drowned, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Two survivors, a German tourist and her Somoli husband, were pulled from the Indian Ocean by fishermen some 48 hours after the ship sank last Thursday, said the Daily News, a Dar Es Salaam newspaper.

The newspaper said most of the missing, including 20 crew members, were believed to be Tanzanians.

The paper quoted the Somoli survivor, Abdu Nasser Ally, as saying the ship began to break up off the northern tip of Zanzibar hours after it set sail for Pemba.

″When we saw the vessel sinking, some of us plunged into the sea and started swimming while others waited for the mercy of God,″ Ally said.

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