Survivor rescued from Tanzanian ferry; death toll rises to 183

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More Than 100 Reported Dead After Ferry Overturns on Lake Victoria

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Update 7:47 a.m. EDT Sept 22: Divers rescued a man Saturday who fell from an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, Reuters reported.

State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 183, according to Reuters.

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Four divers resumed the search operation inside the MV Nyerere early Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled a man out of the ship and rushed him to a hospital, Reuters reported. The man's condition was unknown.

On Friday, Tanzania President John Magufuli ordered the arrest of those responsible for the sinking.

Original report: A ferry that overturned on Lake Victoria has resulted in 100 deaths so far and hundreds feared missing, the BBC reported Friday.

Only 37 people were rescued Thursday before poor visibility ended the search, CNN reported.

Forty-four bodies were recovered Thursday and the rest were recovered Friday, Reuters reported.

The MV Nyerere ferry was headed from Bugorora when overturned near Ukara island, the BBC reported.

The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish, officials said, but it was believed that at least 300 people were on board.

Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, touches the borders of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.