Saturday, March 14, 2015

At least 60 dead after Rakhine ferry sinks

Saturday, 14 March 2015 17:33

At least 60 bodies were pulled from a river in Rakhine State on Friday after a ferry carrying around 400 passengers capsized, rescuers said.

State-run Inland Water Transport owned the ferry, named Aungtakun Three, which was travelling from Taungup to Sittwe, sank in the Naungtaw river between Kyaukpyu and Myebon at around 7pm on Friday night.

Emergency crews had rescued more than 170 passengers by Saturday morning, officials said.

"We are continuing our search for the missing passengers," said Khin Maung Tun from the operator. 

The passengers included recent graduates from Kyaukpyu Education College. 

MP Aung Win for Myebon Township said: "I heard that about 60 bodies were found and around 170 people were rescued. The rescue efforts are continuing."
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