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Shipwrecks of small boats have already caused 18 deaths this year in southern Angola

The sinking of small boats has already caused 18 deaths in Namibe this year, said this Wednesday the president of the Fishermen's Association of that southern province of Angola, who calls for greater inspection intervention.

: Ampe Rogério
Ampe Rogério  

Jorge Hilário de Sousa told Lusa that in the last two years, the province recorded the death of 100 people due to this phenomenon.

"We have a high number of shipwrecks in the south of Angola, essentially in terms of artisanal fishing, where safety issues are sometimes not properly taken care of", he said.

The official defended that at the level of the maritime authority, of the captaincies, there should be a different action in the issue of the qualification of seamen, in the way of conferring quality to the person who goes for fishing, as well as the safety conditions of the vessels licensed for the activity.

According to Jorge de Sousa, most of the headlights do not work, which makes it difficult, especially in cold weather, for those who do not have advanced instruments for maritime navigation to see.

"There are also sailors who go to sea without going through the authority", said the official, stressing that "losses are very high in human lives".

"In Namibe, two years ago we had about 100 people killed in shipwrecks. In this first semester we are traveling in about 18 people, it is worrying, there are irresponsible shipowners, who sometimes prefer to do the activity bypassing the authorities", he underlined.

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