RIO DE JANEIRO – Forty-one people are dead following two shipwrecks in different parts of Brazil, according to provisional figures released Thursday.
A launch carrying roughly 130 people sank Thursday morning in Todos os Santos Bay, near the Atlantic coastal city of Salvador, en route to Itaparica island.
While first responders rescued 34 people, 22 others are confirmed dead as the search-and rescue operation continues with the participation of six Brazilian navy vessels.
Pending an investigation, authorities suggested the accident was due to heavy winds and high seas.
The death toll from Tuesday night’s sinking of a riverboat in the Amazonian state of Para stands at 19, with seven other people still listed as missing.
The Comandante Ribeiro went down in a storm just a few meters from shore while carrying 49 people who boarded at Santarem. A score of the passengers managed to swim to safety on the banks of the Xingu River.