Tanur: A recreational boat carrying about 35 passengers sank in the estuary near Thooval Theeram at Ottumpuram here, drowning at least 22 passengers. The accident reportedly occurred around 7 pm on Sunday.
Twelve people have been rescued so far, but many are in critical condition. The operation is still underway. Police, Kerala Fire And Rescue Services and natives are involved. Many of the rescued individuals are in critical condition, it was learnt.
The deceased are: Safna (7) and Hasna (18), children of Saidalavi from Puthankadapuram, Parappanangadi; Siddique (35) from Olapeedika, Tanur, his daughter Fathima Minha (12), and son Faizan (4); Jalsiya Jabir (40), wife of Kunnummal Jabir from Avayil Beach and her son Jareer (12); Aflah (7), son of Nawaz from Pattiikad, Perinthalmanna; Perinthalmanna native Anshid (9); Avayil Beach native Raseena; Chiramangalam resident and civil police officer Sabaruddin (38); Puthiya Kadappuram native Shamna K (17); Hadi Fatima (7), daughter of Nihas from Munduparamba; Rushda, Nayira and Sahara, children of Parappanangadi native Siraj; Safla Sherin (17), daughter of Parappanangadi native Saidalavi; Chettippadi natives Adil Sheri and Ayisha B, Arshan; Seenath (45) from Parappanangadi and Adnan (9).
Most of the passengers on the boat hailed from the Parappanangadi and Tanur regions, and the boat reportedly capsized and sank entirely. The absence of safety equipment on the boat, combined with a closed boat door, exacerbated the danger.
The accident occurred about 300 meters off the shore. A person who took part in the rescue mission reported that lack of visibility and the particularities of geographical location made it difficult to carry out the rescue operation. The rescued individuals have been admitted to hospitals such as Nahas and JS Mission in Parappanangadi, Tirurangadi taluk hospital, and various hospitals in Tanur.
President Droupadi Murmu, prime minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed condolences to the families of those who died in the Tanur boat accident. Families of the deceased would receive immediate financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh.
The state has declared a one-day official mourning on Monday.
Thooval Theeram is situated on the banks of the estuary at Ottumpuram, on the Parappanangadi-Tanur municipal boundary where the Poorapuzha river joins the Arabian Sea.