30 dead after Nigeria boat capsizes: Official
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Last Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011, 23:58
Lagos: A rescue official says at least 30 people died after an overloaded boat capsized in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.

Emergency manager Napoleon Ezekiah told a news agency today that at least 14 others are feared dead after the boat going from Eagle Island to Mgbuodohia in Rivers state capsized Tuesday night.

Ezekiah says the engine-powered wooden boat had a capacity of about 35 people, but is believed to have been carrying as many as 55 passengers on the journey that usually takes about five minutes.

He says six people survived, including a woman who gave birth Thursday to "a bouncing baby boy".

People rely largely on boat travel in rural parts of Nigeria's oil-rich but impoverished delta, a region of swamps, mangroves and creeks, roughly the same size as South Carolina.


First Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 23:58

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