15 Dead in Brazil Ferry Accident

Dozens still missing after early morning tragedy
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 3:04 AM CDT
Rescue workers search the capsized Comandante Sales boat in the Solimoes River near Manacapuru in Brazil's Amazonas state, Sunday, May 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Alberto Cesar Araujo, Agencia Estado)

(Newser) – A ferry taking passengers home from a nighttime party capsized yesterday in Brazil, killing at least 15 people, AP reports. Dozens more were missing in the Solimoes River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries. Most of those killed were women. Some passengers swam to shore and others were picked up by nearby boats. The ferry, which was carrying at least 80 people, was grounded earlier this year after failing an inspection.