Houseboat capsizes in Vembanad lake, passengers safely rescued

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Houseboat sank in Vembanad lake

Alappuzha: A houseboat encountered a mishap and sank in Chithira backwater, a section of Vembanad lake, on Monday. All passengers aboard the boat, three individuals from Tamil Nadu, were successfully rescued with the aid of a nearby speedboat.

Preliminary findings suggest that the boat might have struck a sandbar, leading to its submersion. Being an older houseboat, it is believed that the impact caused the plank to become dislodged, allowing water to enter gradually until it eventually sank.

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The houseboat involved in the accident was named "Relaxing Kerala" and was owned by Chandy Philip; another individual named Anas operated the boat under a lease agreement.

Following a previous incident in Tanur, Alappuzha houseboats underwent thorough inspections.

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