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January 2, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Brazilian excursion ship jammed with New Year's revelers bound for a fireworks display capsized and sank after ignoring an order to return to port, officials said Sunday. At least 51 people died. The sightseeing ship was carrying at least 131 people--above its reported capacity of 100--and sank in 65 feet of water in Rio's Guanabara Bay about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. "We don't know the exact cause of the sinking, but we think it was because of excess capacity," said Maj.
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January 2, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Brazilian excursion ship jammed with New Year's revelers bound for a fireworks display capsized and sank after ignoring an order to return to port, officials said Sunday. At least 51 people died. The sightseeing ship was carrying at least 131 people--above its reported capacity of 100--and sank in 65 feet of water in Rio's Guanabara Bay about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. "We don't know the exact cause of the sinking, but we think it was because of excess capacity," said Maj.
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