Death toll passes 30 in Myanmar ferry sinking

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 5:47 AM

Searchers have recovered more bodies from a ferry accident in Myanmar, bringing the confirmed death toll to 31, with about a dozen people still unaccounted for.

An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information, said Tuesday that 23 of the dead were female and eight male. The motorized ferry "Nay Win Tun," carrying more than 176 persons, sank in the Ngawun River on Sunday night after colliding with an oil barge soon after it left Pathein, 84 miles (134 kilometers) west of Yangon.

Search and rescue operations were continuing, but the chances of finding the remaining missing persons were slim, said the official.