108 feared dead in ferry disaster

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A rescue ship righted a capsized ferry yesterday, easing the work of those searching the submerged cabins for scores believed trapped inside more than a day after the vessel sank in southern Bangladesh.

So far, 58 people have been confirmed dead, most of them women and children. The MV Coco was packed with as many as 1,500 people leaving Dhaka to head home for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha when it went down late on Friday. It started to take on water as it arrived at Nazirhat town in the coastal district of Bhola, 64 miles south of the capital.

There were no passenger lists, so it was unclear how many people were on board, but the private ETV television station said it could have been carrying more than 1,500 people. One report said 50 were unaccounted for. Some survivors said the boat hit a shoal as it approached the dock in Nazirhat, splitting the hull.

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