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Passengers still missing in Cape Verde ferry sinking

Three have died and a further 12 are missing after ro-ro ferry Vicente sank in heavy weather off Cape Verde, Africa, on Friday.  

The vessel, built in 1965, was carrying 26, as well as a cargo of vehicles and containers en route from Praia, with some local news reports indicating the vessel was dangerously overloaded.

Eleven survivors have been rescued according to the latest reports.

A local official described the search as “not very encouraging”, indicating that, “Although weather conditions are not the best, we’re going to keep up the searches, and we’ll be here tomorrow.

“Of course with every day that goes by the likelihood of finding survivors decreases, but we’re hopeful that we’ll still be able to save more lives. If we don’t find survivors, I hope we can at least recover the bodies that are still in the water.”

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