Seven missing after boat capsizes in Koraput

Bhubaneswar: Seven persons went missing after a country-boat capsized in Kolab Reservoir in Koraput on Sunday.

The boat carrying 12 people from Pujariput village under Lamtaput block was on its way to Jolahonjar, when it lost balance and capsized in Kolab reservoir, the police officials informed.

While five girls swam to safety, seven others including two children and the boatman went missing in the reservoir, police said.

Fire brigade personnel, local fishermen and volunteers have launched a search operation in the reservoir to trace the missing persons, the police said.

The mishap took place when the villagers were proceeding to attend a function at a place across the water body, they said.