Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea, ‘killing 21’

Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea, ‘killing 21’

Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea, ‘killing 21’

Written by News 1st

27 Jan, 2014 | 8:35 am

A tourist boat has sunk off India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, with the loss of 21 lives, officials say.

The boat, Aqua Marine, capsized on Sunday afternoon off Port Blair, the capital of the islands.

The India air force is helping the coast guard and 13 people have been rescued, authorities say – but up to 11 people are unaccounted for.

Most of those on board are believed to be Indians from Tamil Nadu and Mumbai.

An investigation is looking at the cause of the sinking amid reports the Aqua Marine was carrying too many people when it capsized.

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh “expressed shock over the boat tragedy”, said his office in a statement.

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