The "Aung Takon" went down late Friday after leaving the town of Kyaukphyu on its way to Sittwe
In this handout picture released and taken by the Myanmar News Agency
(MNA) on March 14, 2015, a survivor (C) from an overloaded ferry that
sank is carried by two Myanmar army soldiers from a navy vessel at
Kyaukphyu jetty in western Myanmar Rakhine state. Rescuers were
frantically searching for survivors on March 14 after an overloaded
ferry sank in rough waters off the coast of western Myanmar killing at
least 21 and leaving dozens more missing. AFP PHOTO
At least 21 people were killed and 26 others reported missing
after a passenger ferry carrying more than 200 people sank off the coast
of western Myanmar, police said Saturday.
The "Aung Takon" went down late Friday after leaving the town of Kyaukphyu on its way to Sittwe in western Rakhine state.
have got 21 dead bodies, two men and 19 women. About 26 passengers are
still missing," a police officer in Sittwe town who requested anonymity
He added 167 people had been rescued, and that no foreigners were believed to be on board the ship.
navy boats and a host of private vessels were sent to scour the area
after news emerged that the ferry had gone down shortly after 8.30 pm
"We suspect that the boat sank because it
was overloaded with goods," the police officer said, adding that
rescuers were still searching for survivors.
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