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Monday, 7 August, 2000, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Boat capsizes in Nigeria

A boat has capsized in a storm off the Nigerian coast and at least forty passengers drowned.

The boat was travelling from the Nigerian town of Calabar to Douala, in Cameroon.

The Nigerian media said that it capsized two-hours after setting sail on Saturday and that navy boats rushed to the scene after being alerted by local fishermen.

Forty-two people are believed to have survived.

A navy official Francis Agbiti said that overcrowding was probably the cause of the accident.

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