Ferry capsizes in Nigeria; dozens missing
( 2003-10-12 11:02) (Agencies)
A ferry hit a bridge in eastern Nigeria and capsized, and authorities said
Saturday they believed dozens were dead.
Fifty of the up to 100 people aboard were rescued after the accident Tuesday,
said Aminu Abah, a spokesman for the eastern state of Ademawa.
The ferry had been traveling from the town of Neman on the Benue River. It
hit a pillar of the Neman bridge and sank, Abah said.
News of the accident in the remote region reached Nigeria's commercial
capital, Lagos, only Saturday.
Ferry accidents with high death tolls are frequent in Africa, and
overcrowding and poor maintenance often play a part. There was no immediate
indication of either in Tuesday's sinking.