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At least 21 dead in tourist ferry capsize in Andaman Islands of India

English.news.cn   2014-01-26 21:35:25

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 21 people died and some remained missing as a tourist ferry capsized Sunday afternoon in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India in the eastern part of the Indian Ocean, said local TV reports.

Rescuers have rescued 13 people and were looking for more possible survivors as evening fell, the reports quoted officials as saying.

The ferry, Aqua Marine, was carrying 43 people when it capsized at around 16:00 local time, said TV channel CNN-IBN.

TV pictures showed rescuers using at least one helicopter to look for survivors at sea area between Ross Island and North Bay off Port Blair. Some bodies were pulled from the water by people to the shore, according to the pictures.

Local authorities have launched inquiry into the incident and offered a 100,000 rupee (1,630 U.S. dollars) compensation for each dead.

A group of 30 tourists from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were among the people on board the ferry, said local TV NDTV.

This incident took place on the Republic Day of India and also came after six people drowned in the sea at Andaman Island when an engine dinghy capsized last month due to overloading.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a tourist attraction near the Myanmese coast.

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