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Seven killed in Brazil shipwreck

world Updated: Aug 05, 2007 14:17 IST
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At least seven people have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of northeastern Brazil, the Spanish news agency EFE said.

Another five people were still missing amid continuous rescue operation.

The rescuers saved 14 people, five were declared missing while four bodies have been recovered. Three of the 14, however, died on Saturday at a hospital in Cururupu.

The accident occurred late Friday when a small boat carrying 23 people capsized for reasons not yet established in Guageritiua Bay, in the state of Maranhao.

According to rescue workers in Maranhao, all of the occupants of the vessel were low-income people who were travelling to a government office in the city of Cururupu to collect a federal government subsidy included in a programme to combat hunger.