Three persons drowned and at least 11 others are missing after an overloaded motorised country boat capsised in the Brahmaputra river near here after hitting a rock on Wednesday, officials said.
The boat with 36 passengers was on its way to north Guwahati in Kamrup district across the river from Fancy Bazar ferry ghat when its engine developed a technical snag around 2pm and hit a rock near the bank of Ashwaklanta Temple, he said. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service and the body of two persons, including a girl student of Cotton State University was fished out, he said.
One girl student of the university died on way to the hospital after being rescued, while four others of the institute who were also in the boat are missing, the deputy commissioner said. The SDRF and NDRF personnel rescued ten passengers of the boat who had managed to cling to posts of a water supply project being constructed on the river and 12 others swam to safety, he said.
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