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Sonmarg: Two die in rafting accident

india Updated: Jun 25, 2011 19:28 IST
HT Correspondent

An adventure trip turned into a tragedy on Saturday when a rafting boat with six women onboard capsized at north Kashmir's tourist spot Sonamarg. Two died in the accident, while four were rescued.

The accident occurred around 12.30pm when a group of teachers, who had come along with the students of Sindh Valley Educational Institute, Kangan, decided to take an adventure trip in roaring Sindh river at Sonamarg.

"The woman onboard the boat panicked as it hit a big rock in the stream and turned turtle," a police official of the Sonamargh police station told the Hindustan Times over the phone.

Two professional rafters told the police that the women clung on them and they could not save those who were drowning. "Boats were pressed into a rescue operation which lasted for more than an hour. Only four women were retrieved alive while two drowned and were hit by the rocks due to the force of the water," said the police officer.

The army personnel, locals and rafters joined the operation. One woman died on the way to the hospital as she was grievously injured by gushing water and rocks in the stream.

Sonamarg, 80 km north of Srinagar, is old rafting spot of Kashmir and very few accidents have occurred in the stream. The police are investigating if all the women were wearing life-saving vests or not. "The rafters are being summoned to investigate the accident and the reason behind the deaths," said the police officer.