A two-decker boat of state-run Kerala Tourism Development Corporation – Jalakanyaka – has met with accident in Thekkady – part of Periyar Tiger reserve, one of the most hottest tourist destination of Kerala. 26 feared dead already (2 children, 16 woman) (2 from Mumbai & 2 from Tamil Nadu). 76 including boat employees were in the boat. Tourists were mostly from Karnataka state. Reports of foreigners and north indians also involved in the accident.
Most likely cause of the accident is said to be “loss of weight balance” as tourists could have moved to one side of the boat to see wild animals on the side of the periyar river.Accident is supposed to have taken place around 5.00 pm IST. More are feared dead. Cause of the accident not known. Boat is just one month old. Anyway, one thing is clear.. there were no rubber floaters (life jacket) in the boat. It is the first biggest boat accident in Kerala after Thattekad boat accident around 2 years ago. Indian navy divers from Kochi are also involved in the rescue activities.
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