Nine people missing in Brazilian shipwreck

March 10th, 2008 - 6:32 am ICT by admin  

Brasilia, March 10 (Xinhua) Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 22 people sunk in Pantanal, the world’s largest area of wetlands in centre west of Brazil, officials said Sunday. According to the local fire department, 12 tourists and 10 crewmembers were onboard of the boat that sank near Porto Cercado, a point of reference for visitors in Pantanal.

The reason of the accident was not yet known, but some survivors said they have heard a noise and then the boat sunk.

The tourists hired the boat for a fishing expedition, said the local fire department.

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