Two Gambians die in Senegal seas

Monday, September 8, 2008
According to the French News Agency (AFP), the Senegalese navy rescued two Gambians and one Senegalese and recovered two bodies after a trawler sank off Dakar. Nine other people are reported missing.

The Greek-registered trawler capsized Wednesday in the Popenguine area, 70 kilometres (45 miles) east of the Senegalese capital, Colonel Ousmane Sarr told AFP. The cause of the incident still remains unknown.

He said 14 people were aboard the boat, comprising eight Senegalese, four Gambians, a Sierra Leonean and an Egyptian.

‘‘One of the two bodies recovered by the navy was identified as an Egyptian passenger,’’ Sarr said.

The survivors have been taken to Dakar, where they were admitted at one of the hospitals.

Nine other people remain unaccounted for and the search for them would continue, the officer said.

According to the Senegalese radio station RFM, the trawler, named Artemis, was on its way to The Gambia when the accident happened.

Author: by Abdoulie John