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Bangladeshi Ferry Sinks; 56 Drown

October 17, 1994| Associated Press

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — A ferry carrying a bridal party capsized and sank Sunday in the Bay of Bengal, killing at least 56 people, authorities and witnesses said. As many as 74 passengers were missing.

A local administrator said the ferry, with a capacity of 70 people, was carrying 165 people and did not have a proper license.

According to local custom, the ferry was carrying the bridegroom and his family to the bride's village, where the couple were to be married. The bride would have accompanied the groom on the return trip.

One survivor said the bridegroom survived but that his mother, three sisters and two brothers drowned.

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