BANGLADESH FERRY DEATH TOLL RISES TO 45

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GAJARIA, Bangladesh: Navy divers have recovered 16 more bodies from the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry as the death toll from the disaster rose to 45 with scores more feared drowned, officials said Saturday. Two salvage vessels floated the sunken ship and brought it to the shore, allowing the divers to search inside of the 90-foot (30 meter) long boat three days after it sank following a storm. “We’ve concluded our search inside the vessel. Navy divers have scoured every nook and cranny after we lifted the vessel out of water,” Bangladesh inland water transport authority chief Shamsuddoha Khandaker said. “We’ve searched the vessel and there are fewer chances that any more bodies could be found there,” government administrator of the region Saiful Hasan said, adding the search for bodies in the Meghna river would continue.

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