Brazil Shipwreck Death Toll Climbs to 8 as Rescuers Continue to Recover Victims’ Bodies

MIAMI, FL—With rescue personnel continuing to recover the remains of those reported missing after a horrific shipwreck in Brazil, the death toll has risen to eight. According to information provided by the Latin American Herald Tribune, a vessel occupied by approximately 100 people sank in Lake Paranoa, located in Brasília, the nation’s capital, on May 22, 2011.

Reports indicated the bodies of four ship accident victims, two of whom were children, were found on May 23. On May 24, rescue crews recovered the remains of four adult victims who disappeared in the deadly boating accident, bringing the number of fatalities to eight. Ninety-three survivors were rescued after the ship sank.

According to Agencia Brasil, the Brazilian government’s national broadcaster, at least 100 passengers were on board the ship attending a party when the boat accident occurred. While an exact passenger tally remained indefinite, reports suggest there is a chance that three additional ship accident victims are still missing. Thus, search and rescue missions were expected to continue on May 25.

Furthermore, investigators contended that the ship was only built to support the weight of 92 people, though there were more than 100 on board at the time. It remained unclear if excessive weight caused the ship to sink.

Nevertheless, officials continue to probe the cause of the fatal Brazilian shipwreck.


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