Ferry death toll rises to 72

Ferry death toll rises t

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November 30, 2009 09:18

 
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The death toll from the capsizing of a ferry over the weekend in southern Bangladesh rose Monday to 72 after rescuers recovered an additional 14 bodies. Rescuers plucked 10 bloated bodies Monday from River Tetulia, where the overcrowded triple-deck ferry capsized late Friday, police official Mohammad Bayezid said. An additional four bodies were found overnight in the river, he said. Bayezid said the bloated bodies were found within one kilometer (less than one mile) of the site of the accident. Rescuers were using boats to go further downstream because some bodies may have been washed away during high tide. The M.V. Coco was packed with hundreds of travelers leaving Dhaka to head home for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha when it tilted and went down after reportedly hitting a river shoal.

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