Nine die in Guinea boat accident

At least nine people have died in a boat accident in Guinea,
with about 30 people still missing, officials and residents
say.

The boat capsized near the Forecariah district, in the
country’s south. Eighteen people on board were rescued.

A local security source told AFP news agency that the boat
had collided with a mining ship.

Boat accidents are common off Guinea’s coast, with
overcrowding and poor safety standards thought to be
factors.

One incident in July 2012 killed at least 20 people, while
another incident in August 2012 left about 30 dead.

Boats are a common form of transport in the country’s
coastal areas.

Guinea is among the west African countries currently
battling an Ebola outbreak, which has killed over 4,000
people.

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