Boat Capsizes In Bay Of Bengal, 9 Tourists Dead

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Tamil Nadu: At least nine people were killed and 17 others rescued after fishing boat carrying tourists capsized in Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu coast, according to news agency PTI.
According to a government official, rescue operations are underway. The incident occurred near Manappadu area of Tuticorin. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined.
“I do not know how many tourists were travelling in the boat. Eight people have drowned and 17 others have been rescued and hospitalised,” Tuticorin District Collector M Ravi Kumar told PTI. The official added that those rescued were admitted to private and government hospitals in the district.
When asked about reports that boat was carrying people in excess of its capacity, Kumar said only a detailed investigation would throw light on the incident. According to IANS, an official in the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service in Tuticorin said that among the dead were some children.
This is the first major boat accident in Tamil Nadu after the one that occurred at Pulicat lake on December 25, 2011 killing 22 persons.

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