18 killed as overcrowded boat sinks in eastern India

AP News
Posted: May 16, 2016 7:10 AM

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Rescuers say they've recovered 18 bodies from a river in eastern India's West Bengal state where an overcrowded boat sank following a village fair over the weekend.

District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan says the vessel overturned Saturday night as the villagers were returning to their homes across the river despite the crew's warning that the boat was overcrowded.

Mohan said the rescue work was completed Monday, with dozens of people rescued and the 18 bodies recovered.

He said the boat became unstable and sank at a depth of 28 meters (70 feet) amid a strong current.

Accidents are common in India as many ferries are poorly built and often overcrowded, with little regard for safety regulations.