Disaster of Zanzibar's Ferry - 3 Charged

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Three people, and the Master of the sank ferry also, have been charged with manslaughter relating the last weeks ferry sinking off the coast of Zanzibar that have killed as many 144 passengers, the AFP has stated.
The ferry M/V Skagit capsized and sank last week when it encountered some heavy weather conditions while on a typical destination from the town of Dar es Salaam on the Tanzania mainland to the island of Zanzibar. The ferry ship, a former Washington State Ferry that was certified by the USCG to manage as a 230 maximum people only vessel, was loaded with as many as 290 passengers when it sank.
AFP identified those charged as owner Said Abdulrahman Juma, Captain Mussa Makame Mussa, and the manager of the company Omar Hassan Mkoje.
Of the 290 people, 146 were saved and 104 have so far been confirmed to have been died. A research for the missing passengers was called off late last week.
Last September, over 200 people died when the severely overcrowded M/V Spice Islander ferry capsized and sank off Zanzibar. That disaster later sparked a call-to-action from the IMO organization suggesting assistance in the investigation and support to find ways of preventing such incidents in the future.