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Death toll rises to 14 in ferryboat wreck

February 23, 2008


— A ferryboat wreck on the Amazon River killed at least 14 people, Brazilian officials said Friday, as crews searched for several more people reported missing and feared dead.

The Almirante Monteiro, a two-story wooden ferry carrying more than 100 people, sank Thursday after colliding with a barge loaded with fuel tanks near the isolated town of Itacoatiara in the jungle state of Amazonas.

Ninety-two people were rescued by several small boats and the state's floating police station, a 32-foot vessel that travels up and down the river and was in the area at the time of the shipwreck.

After recovering 11 bodies, rescue teams suspended their search of the murky Amazon waters at night. Three more bodies were found Friday, Amazonas state fire spokesman Lt. Clovis Araujo said.

The dead include eight children, four women and two men.


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