Navy searches for capsize canoe victims

Last updated 11:05 02/09/2012

A wooden ferry capsizes off the coast of Guinea, killing at least eight and leaving dozens missing. Andrew Raven reports.

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The Guinean navy is scouring the coast off of Guinea’s capital, Conakry, looking for about 36 missing people after their overloaded canoe capsized in inclement weather. 

On Friday (local time), officials retrieved eight bodies, including six women and two children.

A forensic doctor at the municipal morgue let an Associated Press reporter see the corpses, and pointed out that several had traces of blood coming out of their nose — a sign, he said, that their lungs had burst. 

Raphael Bangoura, commander of the port of Bolbinet, where the incident happened, said Saturday (local time) that about 65 people were aboard the canoe, and that 21 had been saved. 

Counting the eight dead, he said that that means roughly 36 people could still be in the water.

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