Boat sinks in Brazilian Amazon river, killing at least 2
A boat with 185 people on board sank Tuesday afternoon in Brazilian Amazon river near Manaus, killing at least two people, said local Fire Department of Manaus, Xinhua reported.
The first body removed from the Rio Negro, main branch of the Amazonas, was a girl of 8 years, the other is a woman aged between 45 and 55 years, firefighters said.
According to the Port Authority, the vessel went from Manaus, main city in Brazilian Amazon region, to Santarem, in the nearby Para state.
Shortly after its departure, the crew detected some mechanical problems. But when the boat got to the dock, it began to sink and a lot of passengers fell into water.
The rescue teams continue to search for more people who might be trapped inside the vessel. No information on the number of those missing or injured.