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Boat accident kills 26

At least twenty-six people have died after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Honduras, officials say.

Another forty-seven people were rescued from the vessel, which sank off the country’s eastern Mosquitia region on the Caribbean coast.

The seventy-tonne boat was packed with fisherman after the government lifted a seasonal ban on fishing for lobster.

It is not clear what caused the accident and an investigation has been launched.

The captain of the boat sent out an SOS signal but died shortly after, according to local media.

AFP reported a spokesman for the Honduran armed forces as saying that the bodies and survivors would be taken to the nearby city of Puerto Lempira.

Shortly before the accident on Wednesday, another boat – which had also been overcrowded – had sunk in the same area, the military official said.

At least forty people were rescued in that incident and no deaths were reported.

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