Vessel Carrying 200 Sinks in Lake Tangayika in Congo

A vessel carrying 200 people on Lake Tangayika sunk Dec. 12 after strong winds caused it to lose control, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said by phone. At least 129 people died, Associated Press reported, while Mende said no bodies had been recovered.

The accident took place in an area of the lake claimed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania’s Director of Presidential Communications, Salvator Rweyemamu, said by phone from Dar es Salaam. The lake’s geography is shared shared among four countries, one of which is Tanzania.

The majority of passengers were rescued, and no bodies have been found, Mende said. The vessel was carrying passengers and cargo when strong winds hit it, Mende said.

Some 232 survivors were rescued, AP reported, citing Laurent Kahozi Sumba, the transport minister for Katanga province.

Lake Tanganyika is 1,900 kilometers (1,181 miles) long and borders Tanzania, DRC, Zambia and Burundi.

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