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No life jackets, divers onboard capsized boat: Minister

Port Blair/New Delhi: There were no life jackets and divers on board the ill-fated boat that capsized in Andaman and Nicobar Islands killing at least 21 people, Union Minister V Narayanasamy today said.  Eyewitnesses to
PTI January 27, 2014 15:52 IST
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Port Blair/New Delhi: There were no life jackets and divers on board the ill-fated boat that capsized in Andaman and Nicobar Islands killing at least 21 people, Union Minister V Narayanasamy today said.  

Eyewitnesses to the boat tragedy also claimed that there was a blast before the boat capsized and that there was an hour's delay before the marine rescue team could reach the spot.

“The boat capsized and they (tourists) died. In fact I came to know from reports that there were no life jackets in the boat and no divers to rescue the people. There was no guard in the boat,” the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office said, terming the incident as “sad” and “unfortunate”.

He also demanded a thorough inquiry into the tragedy.

“There should be a thorough inquiry and action should be taken against those responsible,” said Narayanasamy, who represents Puducherry constituency in Lok Sabha.  While 21 persons died, 29 were rescued and one person was stated to be missing in the boat tragedy.  

The victims included eight men, 13 women and one child, P Johar, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman district said.