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At least 21 dead as boat capsizes off India's Andaman and Nicobar islands: Reports

Published on Jan 26, 2014 10:29 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A tourist boat capsized in India’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands on Sunday, leaving 21 people dead as rescuers continued to search in the dark for those feared still missing, officials said.

The private boat carrying around 43 tourists, thought to be mostly Indians, plus crew sank quickly after taking on water between Ross Island and North Bay near the island’s capital Port Blair, a senior official said.

Mr Anand Prakash, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, told AFP that 21 people were killed in the tragedy.

“By all reports, it (the boat) sank quite quickly and didn’t give passengers much of a chance to get out of there,” he said by phone from the control room of the rescue operation.

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