India boat capsize: Search under way for missing children

From BBC - January 13, 2018

A rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying 40 schoolchildren capsized off the Indian coast near Mumbai.

Thirty-two children have been rescued so far and two bodies have been recovered, reports say.

Ships have been diverted to the area near Dahanu, in Maharashtra state, to help the rescue.

The boat had been overcrowded and the children were not wearing lifejackets, the Times of India reported.

India's coast guard said two bodies had been found. Indian President Ram Kovind said his thoughts were with the families of those who had died.

Boats in India are often overloaded and lax safety standards mean accidents are common.


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