Sri Lankan police and rescuers participate in a rescue after a ferry wrecked in Kinniya, some 267 kilometers east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo / Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – At least six people were killed Tuesday in a ferry wreck in eastern Sri Lanka, a Navy spokesman said.

Twelve people had been rescued and rescuers were still looking for others, said Captain Indika de Silva, a spokesman for the Navy. At first it was not clear how many people were on the boat or what had caused the boat to capsize.

Among the dead were four children, according to a police officer and a hospital worker who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to report to the media.

The ferry was traveling from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kiniya, on the country’s eastern coast and about 260 kilometers (160 miles) northeast of the capital Colombo, according to the Navy spokesperson.

Ferry accidents are relatively rare in Sri Lanka because many bridge connections have been built.

Sri Lankan police and rescuers participate in a rescue after a ferry wrecked in Kinniya, some 267 kilometers east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo / Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi)

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