At least 18 people drown in Benin boating accident
ReutersCOTONOU, Benin--At least 18 people, most of them children, drowned after the overloaded boat carrying them sank in a river north of Benin's commercial capital Cotonou, officials said on Monday. The boat was taking passengers across the Heelou River to a market in the town of Togba when it capsized late on Saturday night.
December 18, 2012, 12:03 am TWN
“The boat that capsized had capacity for eight passengers but was transporting 27, their baggage and four motorcycles,” the mayor of the nearby Abomey-Calavi district, Patrice Hounsou-Guede, told Reuters.