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12 die as Brazil river boat sinks

At least 12 people died when a river boat sank in northern Brazil, officials have said.

Lieutenant Marco Antonio Costa, of the port authority in the jungle state of Para, said the Leao do Norte sank off Marajo Island at the mouth of the Amazon River.

He said 46 people survived the accident and two are still unaccounted for. In all, there were 60 people on board.

Lt Costa said the cause of the accident is being investigated.

The boat capsized as it was heading from Marajo Island to the city of Belem.

Boats are often the only means of transportation in remote parts of Brazil.


From Belfast Telegraph