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Boat capsizes at Ekgal Oya; three dead, one missing, five rescued

The rescue operation. Picture by Prasanna Pathmasiri, Uva group corr

The bodies of three out of the four persons who had gone missing after a boat capsized at Ekgal Oya in Damana yesterday, were recovered.

Th bodies of a school principal, a 13-year-old student and a 43-year-old teacher were recovered, while the watcher is still missing.

The boat was carrying a group of students and staff members of Siri Seevali Vidyalaya, Kandana, when it capsized at around 6.45 am yesterday.

The nearby fishermen were able to save five persons and the Police diving team with the assistance of the villagers launched a rescue operation for the missing people.

The group was attending an excursion organised by the Kandana Siri Seevali Widyalaya Welfare Society. The group which consisted of 45 persons had been staying at a nearby resort and nine people had gone to Ekgal Oya yesterday morning for a bath in a boat which was later capsised. Speaking to the Daily News, a person who was rescued said that the group had only one oar and some of the members started to panic after the boat had started to sway and subsequently tilt in the middle of the Ekgal Oya.This resulted in the boat capsizing.