Boat sinks with 70 on board

  • 24/08/2017
At least seven have died.
At least seven have died. Photo credit: Getty

A passenger boat carrying about 70 people has sunk in the northern Brazilian state of Para, with at least seven people confirmed dead.

Authorities said 25 people had been found alive following the Tuesday night shipwreck on the Xingu River, according to a statement from the State Secretary for Public Security and Social Defense.

Bodies of a teenager and a child were among those recovered.

Rescue operations were underway and civil police were investigating the cause of the shipwreck.