A cargo ship illegally carrying 130 passengers sank off Madagascar’s northeastern coast, killing at least 17 people and leaving 68 missing, officials said Monday.
The ship, Francia, had left the city of Antanambe, in the eastern Mananara North district in the early hours of Monday and was heading south toward the port of Soanierana Ivongo, said the report.
According to a report from the Maritime and River Port Agency, at least 45 people have been rescued from the waters of the Indian Ocean.
A hole in the ship’s hull is believed to have caused it to sink.
Three boats from the national navy and the maritime agency are continuing the search for those still missing.