Survivors say ship sinks off Tanzania

By the Associated Press | September 10, 2011 | 3:25 AM EDT

STONE TOWN, Tanzania (AP) — Survivors say a ship has sunk off mainland Tanzania with about 600 people onboard. About 380 people are believed missing.

Survivor Abdullah Saied said Saturday the ferry, M.V. Spice Islanders, was heavily overloaded and sank in an area with heavy currents in deep sea between mainland Tanzania and Pemba Island at about 1 a.m.

The registrar of the ship, Abdullah Mohamed, says 220 people had been rescued. Tanzanian authorities did not yet have an official statement.

Residents crowded the docks of Stone Town on Zanzibar, an island near Pemba, waiting for news.