Brazil boat accident kills 18

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 25 Aug 2017, 11:47:04
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Brazil boat accident kills 18

Brazil boat accident kills 18
At least 18 people were killed and dozens still missing as a commuter boat carrying more than 100 passengers flipped in rough ocean waters and sank Thursday in northeast Brazil.

It was the second fatal accident involving passenger boats this week in the South American nation, where aquatic travel of all kinds is common, reports AP.

Navy Lt Col Flavio Almeida said that the vessel went down in the morning while traversing the Bay of All Saints off the coast of the city of Salvador.

Twenty-one people were rescued by naval teams, and private boats also motored in and helped an unknown number of survivors.

"Some passengers were able to swim to shore. Others were picked up," Almeida said. "An investigation into what happened will be launched, but at this point we are still in the middle of the rescue."

In a statement the Bahia state health department said 34 people were being treated for injuries. 

Authorities said there were 120 people on board when the boat sank.

Salvador, one of Brazil's most famous cities, is located on a peninsula near a handful of islands. Each day thousands of workers, students and other people commute on boats between the city and the islands.

The accident took place two days after a passenger boat sank on the Xingu River in the northern state of Para, leaving at least 21 dead.
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