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Ten children killed in boat capsize

Ten children were killed and one remains missing after a small, overloaded ferry boat capsized in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

The bodies of the 10 children - all but one younger than eight years old and most from the same extended family - were pulled from the Sao Francisco river near the town of Pilao Arcado in Bahia state, police said.

Authorities believe high winds, rough waters and far too many people aboard the small boat caused it to capsize on Sunday evening.

Seven adults survived the accident.

Investigator Arnobio Dionisio Soares said the owner of the boat, who was not on board when it capsized, could face involuntary manslaughter charges because there was no safety equipment on the vessel.

He added that the small boat was meant to only transport three people at a time.


From Belfast Telegraph