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Death toll rises to 18 in Thai boat sinking

Rescue teams have recovered 18 bodies and are continuing to look for 12 people missing from a boat that sank in a river in Thailand over the weekend, officials said.

The two-deck boat was carrying more than 100 people on a holiday excursion when it sank on Sunday afternoon on the Chao Phraya river, 50 miles north of Bangkok.

The boat evidently ran up a riverbank then took on water, sinking in less than two minutes just a few metres offshore.

A Marine Department official said bodies were still being retrieved on Monday afternoon, with 18 recovered so far.

In addition to the dead and missing, 44 people were injured.

AP

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