16 drown as birthday boat sinks in Albanian lake

March 6th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by admin  

Tirana, March 6 (DPA) A boat ferrying 20 partygoers across a lake in central Albania capsized early Thursday and all but four of the passengers drowned, police confirmed. The 16 bodies were recovered a few hours after the boat, returning guests from a restaurant that was also the owner’s, sank into Lake Farka, near the capital Tirana.

The vessel possibly overturned because it was overloaded as it returned people, mostly members of two families, from a children’s birthday celebration.

Among the victims, 14 were from two families. The 5-year-old twins whose birthday was being celebrated were among the dead.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Posted in World |