22 killed as boat capsizes
The boat had been operating in an area banned for boating, police said. Three teenagers were rescued by local fishermen. Fire and Rescue service personnel and local fishermen carried out search operations in the area using floodlights and 13 bodies have been fished out. Condoling the deaths, Jayalalithaa announced a relief of Rs one lakh for the families of the deceased.
She deputed ministers V Moorthy and B V Ramana to oversee search operations. Governor K Rosaiah also expressed shock over the incident. "I am deeply shocked and grieved to hear about the tragic accident in which 22 persons lost their lives when their boat capsized in the Pulicat Lake. I convey my deep felt condolences to the bereaved members of the family," he said.