Narrow escape for passengers as boat capsizes in Kendrapara

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Kendrapara: At least 17 passengers had a narrow escape after a country boat they were going to board capsized in Gobari river in Kendrapara district on Monday.

The incident reported to have occurred at Bijay Nagar ghat of Gobari river in Mahakalpada block.

The passengers were going to board the boat when it capsized. Acting swiftly, the locals rescued all the 17 passengers. Besides, six motorcycles and four bicycles onboard the boat were also retrieved from the water.

Meanwhile, it was alleged that the boat was carrying the passengers and vehicles beyond its capacity that caused the mishap.

Notably, a country boat carrying around 55 persons had capsized in Mahanadi river confluence near Nipania under Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district on January 2.

Ten people including two women and eight children were killed in the mishap.

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