Brasilia: A boat carrying Catholic pilgrims has capsized on Brazil`s Amazon river, leaving at least 12 people dead and another six still missing.
Authorities said today that they don`t know what caused the boat to capsize, though they investigating if it was loaded beyond its 40-person limit.
State authorities say the search is continuing for the missing, who were part of a group travelling in Amapa state to take part in a festival commemorating Our Lady of Nazare.
The boat was among more than three dozen in a procession heading toward the state capital so that Catholic faithful could take part in the festival.
Among the dead is the boat`s captain, Reginaldo Reis Nobre.