Boat capsizes, 14 miraculously saved

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Sambalpur: At least 14 people, including women and children, had a close shave when a country boat capsized midstream in Odisha’s Bolangir district today.

The boat ferrying passengers from one side of the river to another near Kushkela in Titlagarh area when it lost balance and overturned, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Titlagrh), Dilip Purohit said.

Acting swiftly, local fishermen and divers jumped into the river and rescued all the 14 passengers who had fallen into water, he said adding all those on board the boat are safe and secure.Though the exact cause of the mishap was yet to be ascertained, eyewitnesses claimed that some motor-cycles loaded on the small country boat might have caused imbalance.

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