Bahrain: At least 48 dead after ferry capsizes

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March 31, 2006 04:31

 
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A ferry carrying up to 150 people capsized Thursday night off the coast of Bahrain, killing at least 48 people, officials said. Interior Minister Sheik Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, speaking on Bahrain television, said at least 44 bodies have been recovered and 52 people rescued, but Bahrain's Coast Guard chief, Youssef al-Katem, later revised the figures up in a news conference. He said 48 bodies have been recovered and that there were 63 survivors. By early Friday morning, regional television stations put the death toll at 54.

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