21 Bodies Found on Sunken Ferry in Peru

May 31, 2010 Updated: May 31, 2010

21 bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized Wednesday in the Amazon River near the border with Columbia, according to a report by the Argentine Star.

Emergency services secretary for Peru's northernmost region of Loreto, Julio Lopez Velasquez told the Star that 161 passengers survived from the boat that was supposedly carrying 200 when it sank.

Citing Navy reports, Velasquez said, “There is evidence that the ship had more passengers than authorized” and that the ship probably sank due to overloading, according to Reuters.

Initial investigations, according to the Star, indicate that the boat sank after the captain made a sharp turn to counterbalance shifting cargo.