3 bodies recovered, 17 feared killed as boat capsizes in India

August 12


Three bodies have been recovered and 17 others were feared killed Thursday after a boat ferrying them capsized in a river in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.


Fifteen people have been rescued from the water.


The boat capsized in the river Yamuna in Banda district, about 195 km south of Lucknow, the capital city of the state.


"Today at around 3:00 p.m. local time a boat carrying villagers capsized in river Yaumna. As of now, 15 people have been safely rescued and there is no information about the 17 people missing in the mishap despite the ongoing searches carried out by rescue teams. Bodies of two women and one child have been fished out," local police said in a video statement.


According to police, strong winds in the area caused the imbalance of the boat, resulting in its capsizing.


Police said the 15 people rescued from the river have been hospitalized and their condition was stated to be stable.


The search and rescue mission has been continuing, as locals said 35 people were aboard the boat at the time of its capsizing.