Nine people met a watery grave when they were travelling in a packed boat to an island off the Karwar coast of Karnataka. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon when about 33 people were seated in a tourist boat.
The victims were travelling on a boat which was headed to Kurmagad Island to participate in the annual Lord Narasimha car festival. Police said that due to overloading, the boat tilted mid-sea after it was hit by a large wave.
Soon after the boat drowned, nearby boats were able to rescue eight persons who are now being treated at Karwar hospital.
Diving teams of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have recovered nine bodies from the Kali river in Karnataka after a bait carrying 33 people capsized.
So far nine bodies have been fished out including a one-year-old baby and few more people are feared missing. Police suspect that the death toll could rise once the missing people are traced. A helicopter from the Indian Navy, rescue boats from Indian Coast Guard and Coastal Security Police were pressed into action for the rescue mission.