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Sun Sep 2, 2012 5:23PM
Rescue workers leave the coast to find the victims of a capsized pirogue in Conakry on September 1, 2012.

Rescue workers leave the coast to find the victims of a capsized pirogue in Conakry on September 1, 2012.

At least 35 people have been confirmed dead from Guinea’s boat accident near Conakry, local media say. On Friday, an overloaded boat, with about 60 passengers, sank off the coast of Guinea while ferrying passengers from Guinean capital Conakry to Kassa Island, a short distance from the capital. According to officials, 27 people were rescued by Guinean navy, shortly after the boat capsized. Earlier in July, more than 20 people have lost their lives when a boat capsized on the way from Conakry to Freetown in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Lakes and rivers are widely used for transportation in Africa. However, accidents are common due to poor maintenance and overloading of vessels. MAM/JR