Overloaded Boat Capsizes In Nigeria

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An overloaded boat carrying dozens of passengers, mostly children aged eight to 15, capsized late on Tuesday in northwest Nigeria’s Kano state, the rescue agency said they have recovered 27 bodies and rescued seven passengers. The search for the remaining 13 bodies is ongoing,” Saminu Abdullahi, spokesman for Kano state’s fire service said the boat was “meant to ferry 12 adults but the skipper packed such a number of children onboard.”

Boat accidents are tragically common on Nigerian waterways mostly due to overcrowding, bad weather and lack of maintenance. The children, from Badau village in Kano state, were on their way to Bagwai, a town on the other side of the river, for a religious ceremony.