8 dead after a boat capsizes in Bihar, 7 persons rescued

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At least eight people were feared dead on Sunday after a boat they were travelling in capsized in the Kosi river in Bihar's Bhagalpur district.

The seven people who were rescued were in a serious condition, police told the news agency UNI. However SDRF personnel began search and rescue operation nearly after four hours.

Rani said the boat carrying the passengers was usually used for fishing and it carrying people beyond its capacity, which led to the boat turning over. According to reports, a total of 15 people were on the boat at the time of incident.

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The boat capsized around 3.30 pm today. The people were returing from a marriage function in Purnea, reports claim. She said that a Bhagalpur-based SDRF team was deployed in the search and rescue operation.

In January this year, at least five persons died after a boat carrying thirty persons capsized in river Ganga in Patna's Fatuha.

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