October 24, 1997 in Nation/World

Boats Capsize In India, Killing At Least 13

Associated Press
 

At least 13 people drowned and 56 are missing after two boats ferrying more than 150 people across a river in eastern India capsized, news agencies reported Thursday.

The two boats were tied together when the accident occurred Wednesday in Murshidabad in West Bengal state, the Press Trust of India said.

Police officer Prasun Mukherjee said 13 bodies have been recovered from the Bhagirathi River but police still are searching for 56 missing people.

The dead included nine children and three women, PTI reported.

Eighty-two people swam to safety.

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