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At least 11 dead after boat sinks in Brazil

At least 11 people are dead and more are still missing after a boat carrying dozens of passengers capsized in northern Brazil, officials said.

The Brazilian Navy said in a statement that the speedboat was on its way to Belem, the state capital, from Marajo Island in the northern state of Pará on Thursday.

63 passengers of the sunken boat were rescued alive, 11 bodies were found.

Presumably, the boat had more passengers. Para Public Safety and Social Security Minister said in an email that the operation is underway to find them.

In separate statements, the state’s fire brigade and navy initially reported the death toll of 14 people in the boat capsizing.

Firefighters said in their statement that the sunken boat did not have permission to carry passengers on inter-district waterways. It departed from an illegal port.

Police, which launched an investigation into the accident, said in a statement, “The police will take all appropriate measures within their jurisdiction to investigate and bring those responsible to justice.”

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