Weekend View: Thekkady Boat Tragedy

by OldSailor on October 4, 2009


Thekkady A tourist boat capsized on September 30 in Thekkady. 42 passengers drowned (nearly half of them are children) and lost their lives.

Some disturbing reports on this tragedy available are:

  • The double decker boat ‘Jalakanyaka’ is operated by Kerala Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC).
  • The boat capsized at a depth of 40 to 50 feet in Periyar Lake at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady around 1730 hrs IST.
  • The Indian Navy diving team from the Southern Naval Command reached the Thekkady boat accident site early morning on October 01 and  commenced rescue operations at first light.
  • Reasons reported for the accident
    • boat was over crowded than the rated capacity.
    • passengers suddenly moved to one side of the boat to watch some wildlife and the boat capsized due to that.
    • not the fault of passengers, the boat was listing from the time of departure and capsized while turning.
  • other reports on the boat
  • Timings for boat cruises on the Periyar Lake: 0700, 0930, 1130, 1400, 1600 hrs.
  • A judicial probe is being set up by Kerala government to investigate the accident.

View some video clips and photographs:

View a slideshow from The Hindu: India’s watery graves and read more from The Hindu.

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