The report now published on the maritime disaster of July 18 this year, when the MV Skagit went down in the Indian Ocean while leaving Zanzibar, concluded that there were 447 passengers on board and not 290 as mentioned at the time by officials, with cargo also way over the limit of the approved carrying capacity. The ship went down claiming 81 confirmed lives while another 212 went missing and were never recovered from the sea. There were 154 passengers who survived the sinking as a result of swift rescue action by mostly private boats rushing to the scene.
This accident is one in a long line of lake and ocean disasters suffered by Tanzania, largely attributed to corrupt practices when inspecting vessels and issuing certificates of sea worthiness and by lax enforcement of loading limits for passengers and cargo. The commission of inquiry spent the last almost 3 months to fully investigate the accident by interviewing not just survivors but also maritime officials while combing through maintenance and operational records of the company owning and managing the ship.
(I corrected the misspelling of Skagit from the original article.)