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Survivor search; BRAZIL INTERNATIONAL.

The search for victims of the Brazil ferry disaster that killed at least 15 and left dozens missing resumed yesterday.

The boat ferrying at least 80 people home from a party sank in Brazil's Amazon region on Sunday. The wooden Comandante Sales ferryboat capsized in a pre-dawn rainstorm on the Solimoes River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries, said Fire Lt Col Raimundo Rodrigues da Silva.

It was unclear how many passengers the Comandante Sales was authorised to carry, but authorities said the ferry had been grounded several months ago after failing an inspection. Boats serve as buses in the area because there are few roads.
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