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26 killed in Honduras after fishing boat capsized

A fishing boat capsized off the coast of Honduras killing at least 26 people, officials say.

Another 47 people were rescued from the vessel, which sank off the country’s eastern Mosquitia region on the Caribbean coast.

The 70-tonne boat was packed with fisherman after the government lifted a seasonal ban on fishing for lobster.

An investigation has been launched to ascertain the causes of the drowning.

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

Jose Meza, a spokesman for the armed forces, said that the bodies and survivors would be taken to the nearby city of Puerto Lempira.

He said that shortly before the accident on Wednesday another boat – which had also been overcrowded – had sunk in the same area.

At least 40 people were rescued in that case and no deaths were reported.