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Boat capsizes on Brazil's Amazon river, killing 12

Sunday - 10/13/2013, 1:00pm  ET

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- A boat carrying Catholic pilgrims has capsized on Brazil's Amazon river, leaving at least 12 people dead and another six still missing.

Authorities said Sunday that they don't know what caused the boat to capsize, though they investigating if it was loaded beyond its 40-person limit.

State authorities say the search is continuing for the missing, who were part of a group traveling in Amapa state to take part in a festival commemorating Our Lady of Nazare.

The boat was among more than three dozen in a procession heading toward the state capital so that Catholic faithful could take part in the festival.

Among the dead is the boat's captain, Reginaldo Reis Nobre.


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