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68 feared dead in Sichuan ferry sinking
Updated: 2004-09-30 15:54

As many as 68 people are feared dead after an overloaded ferry capsized and sank on the Jialing River in southwestern China earlier this week, the government said Thursday.

Local residents gather along the river where the "Chuanpengke 29" capsized Monday in Sichuan Province. [newsphoto]

Rescuers have found 30 bodies and an additional 38 people were still missing three days after the ferry sank early Monday, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing local officials.

On Tuesday, Xinhua said 67 people had been rescued immediately after the ferry sank.

Investigators have blamed the disaster on overcrowding aboard the ferry, which was licensed to carry 80 passengers but had 132 aboard, according to the government.

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