Toll from Australia boat crash may never be known

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 17, 2010 10:34

The number of people killed when a boat packed with asylum seekers was smashed to pieces on rocks at a remote Australian island may never be known, officials said Friday, as the passenger total was uncertain and bodies may be lost to the sea.

The known toll increased to 30 after two more bodies were plucked from the rough waters off Christmas Island where the wooden vessel broke apart Wednesday.

As many as 100 people were believed to be aboard but investigators have so far been unable to get a firm number and may never do so, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.


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