10 children drown, 1 missing after boat capsizes in Brazil

September 14, 2010 00:37


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SAO PAULO — A small, overloaded ferry boat capsized in a remote area of northeastern Brazil and police said Monday that 10 children died and one more remained missing.

The bodies of the 10 children — all but one younger than 8-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 think high winds, rough waters and far too many people aboard the small boat caused it to capsize Sunday evening. Seven adults survived the accident.

Investigator Arnobio Dionisio Soares told the UOL Internet news portal that the owner of the boat — who was not on board when it capsized — could face involuntary manslaughter charges because there was no safety equipment aboard the vessel.

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

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