At least eight persons were dead and several others missing after a boat carrying 26 tourists capsized in Arabian sea at Kurumgad island of Karnataka's Karwar district on Monday. According to preliminary information, people went for a darshan to a nearby temple and the mishap took place while returning from the temple.
Speaking to media, eyewitness Rupali Nayak, the MLA Karwar, said she was travelling in another boat and her team immediately rushed to the spot to help the victims. They pulled two out of the water and later called on the Navy. While 8 bodies have been recovered by local fishermen, Coast Guard and the Navy so far, one was reported missing. The search and rescue operation is still underway.
"Indian Navy corrects its death toll in boat capsizes incident of Karwar, Karnataka. Of the 26 persons reported on the boat, 17 people have been rescued, 8 bodies have been recovered and the search is on for the one person still missing," the news agency ANI reported.
#UPDATE: Indian Navy corrects its death toll in boat capsize incident of Karwar, Karnataka. Of the 26 persons reported on the boat, 17 people have been rescued, 8 bodies have been recovered & search is on for the one person still missing. pic.twitter.com/bspHIkJjEA— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2019
List of dead and missing persons in Karwar boat accident
The reason behind the mishap is yet to be ascertained. However, officials believe that the boat was carrying more people than its capacity which resulted in the overturn. Top district administration officials and police personnel are currently present at the site and have been taking stock of the situation.