* Ferry has capsized with no confirmed reports of deaths
* More than 200 killed in ferry disaster in September
STONE TOWN, Zanzibar, July 18 A ferry with more
than 280 people on board sank off the east African coast of the
Zanzibar archipelago on Wednesday, but it was unclear whether
anyone had been killed, officials said.
The ferry, MV Salama, set sail from the mainland Tanzania at
around midday heading to Zanzibar, Tanzania's semi-autonomous
archipelago and a popular tourist destination.
"The ferry is bottom-up, and rescue operations are ongoing.
So far we have not confirmed any deaths," Said Khamis, a safety
officer at the Zanzibar Port Corporation, told Reuters.
MV Salama, or peace in the local Swahili language, was
carrying 250 adult passengers and 31 children, police said.
It was still unclear what caused the accident near Chumbe
island, west of Zanzibar, police said.
The ferry is owned by a company named Seagull, which also
runs a number of other ferries.
More than 200 people were killed when a crowded ferry sank
in September off the coast of east Africa in the worst maritime
disaster in the history of Zanzibar.
(Reporting by Ally Saleh; Editing by James Macharia and Alison