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Published Sunday, December 30, 2018
The search continued yesterday for survivors after a boat sank on Coppename River, leaving as many as 11 people dead and several others missing.
The bodies of seven people, including four children, have already been found - amid fears that the death toll could rise with several others, including a mother and two children, still missing.
In a brief statement, the Government expressed "condolences to the entire community", 'and said that it is "devastated by the incident".
The National Information Service said that Corps Police Suriname, the district council, medical relief services, and local residents are "doing their utmost" to assist in the search and rescue operations.
Local villagers said at least 20 people have so far been rescued and that the tragedy has cast a bleak cloud of mourning over Suriname's usual end-of-year festivities.
Not many details have emerged as to what caused the incident during the early hours of yesterday morning, but media reports are that the vessel left the village of Cornelis Kondre, located in Sipaliwini district, and headed towards Boskamp in District Saramacca around midnight, carrying at least 30 people, several of them children.
The boat sank near the village of Kalebas Creek, about halfway to its destination.
Boskamp is a popular trans-shipment point from where passengers can catch the bus to either Paramaribo in the east or Nickerie in the west, both bustling with year-end activities.
Suriname Vehicle Accident Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green