At least 22 dead as boat sinks in Brazil’s Xingu River

SALVADOR, Brazil – A passenger boat carrying more than 100 people sunk in a bay in north-eastern Brazil, killing at least 22, authorities said on Thursday.

Navy Lieutenant Colonel Flavio Almeida said the vessel went down on the Bay of All Saints in the city of Salvador on Thursday morning. He said 21 people were rescued by naval teams and private boats also rushed to the scene.

Dozens of people were still missing.

The vessel was travelling between Vera Cruz on Itaparica Island and Salvador, an eight-mile stretch.

Salvador, one of Brazil’s most famous cities, is located on a peninsula near a handful of islands.

Each day thousands of workers, students and other people commute on boats between the city and the islands.