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Canoe Capsizes on River; at Least 30 Drown

March 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A large dugout canoe capsized on the Niger River, drowning at least 30 of its 50 passengers, Nigerian officials said.

Dugout canoes are a major means of transport in communities along the river, and accidents are common.

The boat capsized Thursday while crossing a reservoir near Besse, a farming and fishing town in the northwestern state of Kebbi, said Sani Isgogo, a Ministry of Water Resources official.

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