Mar 302006

MANAMA, Bahrain – A ferry carrying up to 150 people sank Thursday night off the coast of Bahrain, and at least 44 bodies had been recovered, the country’s interior minister said.

Sheik Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa also said 52 people had been rescued.

The official Bahrain News Agency said the ferry was on an evening cruise that was to last several hours. It overturned less than a mile off the coast, it said.

The passengers on board were thought to be a mix of Bahrainis, other Gulf Arab nationals and Westerners. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Mohammed Ben Dayna said those rescued included foreign tourists and expatriate workers living in Bahrain.

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