Death toll rises to 47 from Dominican boat wreck

February 8, 2012 23:22

SANTO DOMINGO - Search crews recovered 22 more bodies from the sea off the coast of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 47 after an overloaded migrant smuggling vessel capsized.

The boat sank on Saturday in the Bay of Samana off the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Eighteen passengers were rescued and the Dominican Navy said several were still missing in what officials say is the country's worst people smuggling tragedy in almost eight years.

Volunteers and Navy crews planned to continue the search at least until Thursday, a local official said.

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