One person killed and seven others are feared dead after a boat capsized in Nagpur

One person killed and seven others are feared dead after a boat capsized in Nagpur

Nagpur,July10:At least one person was killed and seven others are feared dead after a boat capsized in Nagpur late on Sunday night. According to reports, the incident happened at Vena Dam on Amravati road, around 25 km away from Nagpur. The police have so far recovered one body and rescued three others. Search and rescue operations are underway to locate the seven missing passengers.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Suresh Bhoyat, Additl. SP Nagpur Rural said that the rescue teams are currently at the spot carrying out searches. “Two teams are here for rescue operations. Few boys had come here for a picnic. They took the fishing boat which capsized,” he said.

According to local reports, there were around 11 people on the boat, between the age group of 20-25. “Seven people are feared drowned in the incident which occurred between 6 pm and 6:30 pm. While three persons — two boatmen and a college student — were rescued, one body was fished out in the night,” Shailesh Balkawade, SP, Nagpur Rural was quoted by a local paper (Nagpur Today) as saying.

The group on the boat was reportedly celebrating a birthday and had posted a video on Facebook just before the boat tipped over, around 6:30 pm.

Two boatmen and a student have been rescued and one body has been fished out. Divers are looking for seven more. The police suspect that the boat overturned when the men – all between 20 and 25 years – were taking videos and selfies.

“The youngsters came yesterday to enjoy a boat ride. We are looking for seven people,” said police officer Suresh Bhoyat this morning.

Eight students had asked three boatmen to take them to the dam.

A witness who saw the boat turning over called the police. A local diver helped rescue three.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force and firemen have also been roped in for the rescue effort.

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