Eight persons, including five children, drowned when a boat capsized in a river at Samariaghat in Saharsa district, police said today.
The small boat, with 12 persons on board, was sailing to the other side when it turned upside down last night.
While four persons swam to safety, the rest eight drowned, police said.
Six bodies were fished out this morning while local divers were pressed to trace the remaining two.
The victims were returning home after attending a feast on the other side of the river.