Tourist boat capsizes in Kerala, 39 dead
Kochi, October 1, 2009
A boat carrying 74 tourists capsized in a lake in a wildlife sanctuary in southern India on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people, officials said.
The tragedy occurred when the state-run double decker boat 'Jalakanyaka' carrying 74 tourists tilted after several tourists moved to one side on sighting elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of the lake, a Times of India report said.
A team of rescuers which included divers have extricated 39 bodies from the partly submerged boat, officials said.
The toll may go up as some more people are yet to be traced, they said, adding, the search operation continued in the morning hours.
Eleven Delhiites, including eight women and a 14-year-old boy, were among those killed in the mishap.
The deceased incuded 11 from Delhi, nine from Tamil Nadu, five from West Bengal, four from Andhra Pradesh, three from Karnataka and one from Punjab states.
Eyewitnesses said no safety measures like life jacket or life guard were in place in the boat that sank.