Boat capsizes in Ganga, nine persons missing


Kanpur: Nine persons are missing after a boat carrying 12 onboard capsized in Ganga while during the immersion of a Ganesha idol on Thursday evening .The incident occurred at about 6 PM at Siddhnath Ghat in Jajmau where 12 persons of Shivkatra colony in Lalbangla area were on a boat which lost balance and capsized, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said. Three persons, including a woman, were rescued by the locals and they have been sent to a hospital where other two are in serious condition, he said.

The DM said nine others are still missing and four women and as many children were a part of the group on the boat. A team of divers has been deployed in the search for those missing, he said, adding, halogen lights are being arranged to continue the search during the night.

He said a steamer has been pressed in service and a net is being placed in the water. He also said ambulances and a team of doctors have been called to the site. Senior districts officials including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shalabh Mathur, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Avinash Singh were present at the site to supervise the search operation.