• Short Summary

    Some 150 people, including many women and children, were drowned when a ferry overturned on the Shire River near Liwonde in Central Malawi last Sunday.

  • Description

    Some 150 people, including many women and children, were drowned when a ferry overturned on the Shire River near Liwonde in Central Malawi last Sunday. There were 57 survivors.

    Most of the passengers were returning from Fort Johnson on the southern tip of Lake Malawi, where they had heard Prime Minister Dr. Hastings Banda address a political rally.

    Engineers called to the disaster scene believe the ferry may have hit floating debris. The wire guiding it to the shore snapped and it overturned in mid-stream, throwing the passengers into the water.

    Dr. Banda ordered an immediate inquiry. Two bulldozers and a frogman joined rescue workers the following day to try to get a line to the submerged ferry. Only one body had been recovered 24 hours after the disaster. Officials fear that the exact number of dead will never be known. Many of the bodies may not be recovered from the river, which is known to contain crocodiles downstream.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4UMFKU39K9M5ZDZKSEGS0Z7OH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UMFKU39K9M5ZDZKSEGS0Z7OH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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