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16 dead in boat sinking tragedy
TIRANA, March 6 – Sixteen people were killed, including two 3-year old kids, when a boat carrying them sank overnight in Farka lake near the capital. The families had gathered to celebrate the 21st birthday of Alban Hysa, one of the victims, at a restaurant on the shores of Lake Farka. After ending the party 19 of them embarked on a small boat with a capacity of seven, which sank meters away at midnight. Authorities believe the boat capsized because it was overloaded. Three people and daughter of dead restaurant owner who went to save them, survived. Beqir Sinani, one of the four survivors, said they were told to embark on the small boat after its owner had said that was not the first time he had done that. The capsizing occurred “in a minute,“ according to Sinani. “It sank and everybody was underwater in a matter of seconds.“ Erjona Dibra, daughter of Afrim Dibra, the restaurant owner, went immediately with the other boat and managed to save Sinani and two other women. Police said the cause of the accident was overloading the boat and considered Dibra as the “person responsible for the fatal tragedy moving with a boat overloaded with 19 persons.“
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