Officials in Bahrain say at least 48 people drowned when a cruise ship carrying many foreigners sank off the coast of the tiny Persian Gulf country.

Bahrain's Coast Guard commander says at least 63 people have been rescued.

Organizers of the trip say about 130 people were on the boat when it set sail Thursday on an evening cruise. It appears to have gone down less than one-point-five kilometers from the coast.

Bahrain's Information Minister, Mohammed Abdul-Ghaffar, says it is unlikely the sinking was the result of a terrorist attack. He says those on board included Britons, Filipinos, Egyptians and South Africans.

U.S. divers joined in the rescue and recovery efforts with Bahrain's Coast Guard. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.