Two persons including an employee of the tourism department died and six others were injured on Tuesday when a raft capsized in gushing waters of Lidder stream in Pahalgam tourist resort of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.
The incident brought back memories of a similar tragedy that struck on May 31 when a local tourist guide died while rescuing five tourists whose boat capsized in the Lidder stream.
Incidentally, those who died or suffered injuries in Tuesday's incident were participating in a rafting championship being held as a tribute to Rauf Ahmad Dar, the braveheart tourist guide who died while rescuing five tourists whose boat capsized.
"Eight persons were injured when their boat capsized in Lidder stream in Pahalgam. They were taking part in a rafting championship," the officials said.
The injured were rushed to a hospital where Rinku Raja Pandita -- the tourism department employee -- and Sanjana, both residents of Jammu, were declared brought dead, the officials said.
They said while five injured persons were admitted to the local hospital, the sixth was referred to a hospital here for treatment.
The three-day rafting championship, which began Monday, was being held as a tribute to Dar.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Migrant Coordination Commitee (APMCC), has demanded a probe into the incident in which two lives were lost.