More Than 200 Feared Dead in Boating Accident, Please Send Prayers

September 20, 2018Sep 20, 2018

Tragedy struck today on Tanzania's beautiful Lake Victoria. A ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized.

While at least 40 people have been confirmed dead by the BBC, the toll may actually be much higher. One official told Reuters that the number could actually be more than 200. Rescue efforts have been halted until the sun rises on Friday.

Experts believe that the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked. Officials have said the ferry was carrying more than 400 passengers.

100 people were rescued from the water. Another 32 are said to be in critical condition. The exact number of people is yet to be determined. The man who was dispensing tickets has also died, and the machine recording the data lost.

"We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident," Regional Commissioner Adam Malima told reporters. "We pray to God to give us hope that there has not been a high death toll."

Locals joined in the search alongside emergency teams. This isn't the first disaster of its kind in the African country and overcrowding often plays a large role.

"In 2012, at least 145 people died when a packed ferry sank while transporting people to the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean," related the BBC. "The year before, almost 200 people died in another major incident off the coast of Zanzibar. Hundreds survived, some found clinging to mattresses and fridges."

Please pray that more people will be rescued. Please also pray for God's comfort to envelope those who have lost loved ones in the accident.