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The death toll from a ship crash in Colombia rose to 14. The ship may be suspected of illegal operation.

The death toll from a ship crash in Colombia rose to 14. The ship may be suspected of illegal operation.

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The Colombian Navy confirmed on February 1 that two passenger ships with a total of 50 passengers collided in the waters of Nariño Province on January 30.

So far, the death toll has risen to 14, including 7 minors, and 36 others have been rescued.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

At present, the search and rescue work has basically been completed, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Preliminary investigation shows that at the time of the accident, the sea area of the accident was relatively windy and waves, with the highest wave height of about 2 meters.

The two ships in the accident were wooden structures.

The naval officers and soldiers involved in the rescue said that all passengers did not wear life jackets, which means that the accident ship violated the operating regulations that passenger merchant ships must provide the necessary life-saving equipment.

The relevant departments will further investigate the registration information of the ship involved to confirm whether it has legal operating qualifications.

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