11 drown, 15 missing after boat capsizes in eastern India

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Posted: Jan 14, 2017 11:12 AM

PATNA, India (AP) — At least 11 people drowned and 15 others were missing after their overcrowded boat capsized Saturday in a river in eastern India, police said.

The incident took place as 40 people were returning in the boat after attending a Hindu religious festival in a village across the river near Patna, the state capital of Bihar, said police officer Chandan Kushwaha.

Thirteen people were rescued and hospitalized, Kushwaha said. Rescuers were continuing to search for more survivors.

Police said that the boat could carry up to 25 passengers, but that it was overcrowded because people were returning to Patna after attending the Hindu festival, which was organized by the state government.

Boat accidents are common in India, with life jackets usually not provided to passengers in remote areas.