30 drown as boat capsises in Periyar wildlife sanctuary
At least 30 tourists drowned when a boat capsised in a lake in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary of Kerala on Wednesday evening, police said. With rescue work continuing, the toll was feared to go up.
Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan expressed deep anguish and ordered an inquiry into the accident.
The boat of the state-run Kerala Tourism Development Corporation was carrying at least 76 tourists, mostly from Karnataka and some from abroad. It capsised at around 1715 hrs in the artificial lake near Thekkady, about 300 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Defence Minister AK Antony said he had asked Vice Admiral KN Sushil, flag officer commanding-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command, to help in the rescue operations.
Originally posted @ IBNLive