Madagascar’s navy said it recovered nine dead bodies and two survivors after a boat heading for a French overseas territory foundered off the Indian Ocean island nation’s coast.
Ships are searching for other survivors, said Njakaniaina Rakotomahefa, a captain of the naval force at Nosy Be, a peripheral northwestern island that’s one of Madagascar’s main tourist destinations. Those rescued said 20 people were on board and traveling to Mayotte, about 210 miles to the west, Rakotomahefa said by phone.
An archipelago that’s geographically part of the Comoro Islands, Mayotte was named an outermost region of the European Union in 2014.
The local navy was informed about the incident early on Wednesday, Rakotomahefa said, without giving further details.