A man has been rescued from a ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, two days after it overturned with the loss of at least 170 lives, says BBC report.
The survivor is an engineer, named locally as Alphonce Charahani, reportedly survived in an air pocket inside the MV Nyerere ferry.
The ferry was capsized near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora on Thursday.
Based on local media report, the survivor is said to be in a serious condition.
According to news report, the ship tipped when passengers moved over to one side.
Divers resumed the search for survivors on Saturday after hearing knocking noises.
The engineer had locked himself in a small room inside the ship, and the divers pulled him out of the vessel.
Bodies are still being taken out of the water, and the death toll is expected to rise further.
Meanwhile, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said he had ordered the arrest of all those who managed the ferry, and declared four days of national mourning.
President Magufuli said in a televised speech that “negligence has cost us so many lives”, and said it seemed “clear that the ferry was overloaded”.
Local media say the ferry’s official capacity was 100 people, but officials say the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.
Furthermore, the shipping line operates on a busy route, crossing eight times a day between the islands of Ukara and Ukwerewe, which are close to Tanzania’s second-largest city of Mwanza.