Strong Wind Led to Chilika Boat Capsize, Says Probe Report

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Bhubaneswar: The preliminary investigation report in the Chilika boat mishap, submitted by the Directorate of Ports and Inland Water Transport stated strong wind responsible for the boat capsize that killed 6 people on June 16.

The report submitted to the State Government on Friday ruled out technical glitches as reason for the tragedy.

G Srinivas, Commerce and Transport secretary said, “We got the report today and from prima facie it appears that boat capsized due to strong wind. Findings of the report are being studied so that action can be taken.”

Adequate life jackets and lifebuoys were provided to the owner of the boat by the Khordha district administration but he had not used the equipment on the day, he added.The district administration had provided 20 life jackets to the owner of the boat against the seating capacity of 15 persons.

On June 18, Commerce and transport minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu had asked Subrat Rout, director of Ports and Inland Water Transport to probe the incident and submit report to the government.

Srinivas said that the findings of the report are being examined so that corrective measures can be taken to prevent such mishaps in future. Awareness on wearing safety equipment is the major focus now.

On June 16, six persons including four children and two women were killed as the country boat they were travelling in capsized in the middle of Chilika Lake while returning from Kalijai Temple.

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