27 asylum seekers die as boat sinks off Australia

 CBC News

At least 27 people are dead after a wooden boat carrying a group of asylum seekers smashed apart on jagged rocks in heavy seas off an Australian island.


A boat loaded with asylum seekers approaches the rocky shore of Christmas Island, just before breaking up on the rocks Wednesday.

A boat loaded with asylum seekers approaches the rocky shore of Christmas Island, just before breaking up on the rocks Wednesday. (ABC/Associated Press)The boat, which was believed to be carrying as many as 80 people, crashed off the shore of Christmas Island, a remote island in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

 

The boat, which was believed to be carrying as many as 80 people, crashed off the shore of Christmas Island, a remote island in the Indian Ocean.

Australian officials said Wednesday that 27 bodies were recovered from the water. Forty-one others were rescued from the water, while one person made it to shore.


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The search for survivors will go on until last light and officials said they will then decide whether to continue the search into the night, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.


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