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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 00:52 GMT 01:52 UK
Casualties in Guinea boat capsize
A passenger boat has capsized off the coast of Guinea, leaving at least 10 people dead, reports from the West African nation say.

One report on state television said that as many as 60 people were killed.

About 120 passengers were on board the vessel, the TV station said. It showed images of mainly young people being brought ashore.

The open boat, or pirogue, sank late on Wednesday off the capital, Conakry, a police official told Reuters.

The vessel was on its way from Forecariah in the south, he said.

It turned over in high seas and strong winds, another official said.

Boats are a common form of transport in coastal areas of Guinea, but safety standards can be poor.

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