30 Missing After Boat Capsizes in Assam River

As the boat capsized, the passengers, who were travelling to witness a boat race nearby, fell into the river which was in spate.

Published: 28th September 2015 08:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2015 09:03 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

CHAYGAON: At least 30 people were missing after a overcrowded mechanised boat with about 200 people on board capsized in the river Kolohi in Assam's Kamrup (Rural) district today, a senior district official said.

The engine of the boat, which was travelling from Koraibeel to Gumifailed, stopped working midstream of the river and hit against the pillar of a bridge causing it to flip, Kamrup (rural) Deputy Commissioner Vinod Kumar Seshan told PTI.

As the boat capsized, the passengers, who were travelling to witness a boat race nearby, fell into the river which was in spate. While most of the passengers swam to safety, at least 30 were missing, Seshan said.

A rescue operation was immediately started by the local people followed by the NDRF and the SDRF, the police said adding none has been rescued so far. As night fell, the search operation was stopped to be resumed tomorrow morning, the police said.

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