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Boat full of decomposing corpses spotted by fishermen off the coast of Brazil

Bogota Colombia A small boat full of decomposing bodies was spotted by fishermen off Brazil’s northeastern coast on Saturday, according to local news reports. Brazil’s attorney general’s office said in a statement that it had sent a forensic team to the area to determine where the bodies and boat came from.

Some reports indicate there could be as many as 20 bodies in the boat, the attorney general’s office said in a statement. The agency announced it would open a criminal and civil investigation into the incident.

The boat drifted off the coast of Para state in a remote location about 300 kilometers from the capital Belem.

It was not the first time that fishing vessels had been spotted by fishermen on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2021, at least seven boats full of bodies washed up in Brazil and the eastern Caribbean.

Police officers put boots on the ground as they inspect a boat in which 15 Malians were found dead and adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, in an Aug. 20, 2020, file photo taken on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.

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Investigations by The Associated Press and local authorities found that some of these boats were carrying the bodies of African migrants who tried to reach the Canary Islands but had missed their target and drifted in the Atlantic Ocean for weeks.

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