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Sierra Leone accident tragedy

On September 9, 2009 a boat (locally known in Sierra Leone as Pampam) was traveling a sea route of about 65 km (40 mi) along the coast from the town of Shenge heading to the Western Area town of Tombo, near Freetown with at least 246 passengers on board, including many schoolchildren returning from holidays capsized not long after take off. The Sierra Leone Navy commander Mao Suma, who is in charge of the rescue operation said sixteen bodies have been recover and only Thirty-nine passengers have been rescued so far. Commander Suma said 213 passengers are still missing or feared dead.

Sierra Leone Information Minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said the cause of the accident will be fully investigated. The Sierra Leone Police special investigation unit spokesman Ibrahim Samura said overloading and bad weather might have been an issue.

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