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Pilot helps rescue effort after Zanzibar ship sinks

At least 163 people have died after a heavily overloaded ferry sank off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar with more than 500 people on board.

The MV Spice Islander was travelling between Zanzibar's main island, Unguja, and Pemba, the archipelago's other main island - popular tourist destinations.

Pilot Neels van Eijk from Whirlwind Aviation flew out over the ocean to help search for survivors.

He described to BBC News the scenes that confronted him.

  • 10 Sep 2011