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At least six dead – including four children – after ferry capsizes off coast of Sri Lanka

At least six people, including four children, have died after a ferry capsized off the coast of eastern Sri Lanka.

A total of 12 people have been rescued so far, a spokesperson for the country’s navy, Captain Indika de Silva, confirmed.

He added that a search operation was continuing to take place.

Sri Lankan police officers inspect the capsized ferry in Kinniya, about 267 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. At least six people are dead after a ferry capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, said Navy spokesperson Capt. Indika de Silva. At least 12 others have been rescued. (AP Photo/Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi)
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Sri Lankan police officers inspect the capsized ferry in Kinniya

The ferry was travelling from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kinnaya along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka and was about 160 miles northeast of the country’s capital, Colombo, at the time of the accident.

A policeman and a hospital worker, who asked to remain anonymous, had confirmed the deaths.

Sri Lankan police and navy life savers attend the rescue work following a ferry capsized in Kinniya, about 267 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi)
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A search operation is continuing to take place

Pictures show police and members of the navy at the scene, with crowds of people standing on the shoreline.

It is unclear how many people were on board the ferry at the time of the accident, or what caused it to overturn.

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