Photo put together byFazal (Baplo) Mohamedali Fazal and noted as:
"June 1970 - All those who died in the boat accident in our family - Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania".
May 31 2020:
Noorali (Nunu) Nasser's Face Book "50th Anniversary of Dar Boat Accident" - Click here to visit Nunu's Face Book
May 31 2020:
Email received on 50th Anniversary on Sun, May 31, 2020, 9:11 AM Kassim Manji <email@example.com> wrote:
1. The boat was hired and not owned by Amir Jessa
2. I do not think it is correct that the boat could accommodate only 10 people.
3. Search started at night. One private boat to search left around 11 pm. This boat was owned by Abdul Haji of Haji Brothers - (an Ismaili) who owned a shop opposite Askari Monument. He went with Haider Rajpar from Sweden. We were also at the prot from 10 pm with Husseinbhai Nasser then the President of Dar-es-salaam Jamaat.
4. The boat was recovered and found upside down and contained the bodies of Sakubai Sukarimawe and Sugrabai Jessa and Yasmin Jessa.
5. The Government sent a naval boat to search for survivors.
6. Zaffar's body was found next day near Zanzibar.
7. Only two bodies have not been recovered, Chacha Ibrahim and his daughter Sukaina.
8. One survivor reached his home at Maghrib time and went to sleep without informing anyone.
With Salaams and Duas
Received more information on missing names and details on the above photo from Mohsin Jessa, brother of Riyaz and Naushad, all of Toronto, Canada as follows:
On the left is my mother Zainab Jessa (daughter of Mohamad Raza Fazel of Mombassa and Aminabai daughter of Mohamed Ladha). Behind my mother is my sister Yasmin bai Jessa. At the front of my mother (with her hand resting on the shoulder) is my sister Anar bai Jessa. And in the lower left corner is my sister Tahera bai Jessa. To the right of my sister Anar bai is my Grand Mother Sakina Jessa (AKA Saku Sukari Mawe) from the (Habib Kassam Manji family of Tanga). Ibrahim Kassam Manji was my Grand Mother's brother so was Habib Kassam Manji. To the right of my Grand Mother is my Aunt Sugra Jessa (wife of my uncle Amir Jessa). To the right of my Aunt is Muzaffar Manji. To the right of Muzaffar are the two children (brother and sister) of Daulat Bai - Abdulhussain M. Bandali and Zainab M. Bandali. To their right is Sukaina Baker Bhalloo (daughter of Baker Bhallo).
May Allah rest their souls in Heaven.
Received message from Ashiq Kermalli <firstname.lastname@example.org> as follows:
You have recalled for me personally a very tragic incident which I still remember. I am personally affected as all the sisters of Mohsin and Sukaina Baker Bhaloo were my students. I was teaching Swahili at coaching class in Daressalaam. I recall this incident as it helps me in dealing with trauma patients in hospitals. Allah (SWT) gives me courage because of this experience which was so tragic that to date many of us cannot let go completely. My brother Yusuf was a witness to this. Him and I were the first ones to go with the search party.
May I request us all to read one Sura-e-fateha and give the thawaab of this recitation to all the departed and beseech Allah(swt) by the intercession of 14 Infallible Ones (a.s.) to continue to give strength and patience to all the family members. Aamin.
I have recently managed to get some details from one of the volunteers that participated in the recovery of bodies from the sea and from one of the survivorsMurtaza Pyralli Rustom both of Toronto, Canada. Brief details obtained:
Details of the boat:
Details of trip:
How many died:
Ibrahim Kassam Manji
2. His wife - Fatma(Baby) (Mohamedali Fazal) Ibrahim Kassam Manji
3. Their baby Sukaina
4. Ibrahim Kassam Manji's son Muzzafar
5. Fazal(Baplo) Mohamedali Fazal's daughter Zainab (who was just under 5 years old - click here to see 4th birthday photo).
6. Zainab Mohamedhussein Jessa
7. Sukaina Mohamed Baker Bhalloo
8. Sugrabai Jessa (Wife of Amir Jessa. Daughter of Nazarali Nurmohammed of Tabora)
9. Sikinabai Sherali Jessa (Saku Sukari Mawe)
10. Tahera Mohamedhussein Jessa
11. Yasmin Mohamedhussein Jessa
12. Anar Mohamedhussein Jessa
13. Abdulhussain Mohamedali Bandali
14. Zainab Mohamedali Bandali
How and when did the accident occur:
Accident occurred late evening hours on Sunday and therefore no search could be done until following Monday morning. After Fajr prayers team of volunteers headed for the seafront shore and with help from police steel boats and other private boats - (TIPER (Italian Refinery in Dar) and a government/police helicopter and a small plane, which conducted aerial search that guided these boats.
Bodies recovered and burial:
How many survived:
All swam to another nearby island except for Sikander Abdulkarim Dewji who actually swam back all the way to the Dar's mainland coast.
Local newspapers coverage: