Tanzanian authorities say nine persons have died and man still missing after a boat accident in Panza Island.
The boat was heading to Panza Island from Pemba when the accident happened, where the passengers to attend a funeral at Panza.
It was learnt that only six have been rescued alive and are receiving medical attention.
Pemba regional police commander Richard Thadei Mchomvu said the cause of the accident was unknown, adding that said the boat had about 40 people but the exact number is unknown.
He explained that the captain has not been found and the weather was not bad, says the exact cause is not known because it seems the problem was not the wind.
Rescue efforts were halted on Tuesday evening and resumed on Wednesday morning.