Weekend News / World

Eight bodies retrieved following boating accident in Paraguay/Brazil

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

The bodies of eight people have been retrieved from the River Paraguay where a boat capsized during a storm on Wednesday.

The Paraguayan vessel, Dream of the Pantanal, was carrying 11 Paraguayan crew and 16 Brazilian tourists.

Thirteen others had managed to swim ashore but six are still missing and presumed dead.

The tourists had been on a fishing expedition to the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest freshwater wetlands that stretches across parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia and is popular with eco-tourists.

Many of the victims were friends who came from the same town in Brazil’s southern Parana state.

The authorities say the boat sank because of unusually strong winds for the region.

(Source: BBC World)

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