Moments After Facebook Post, 8 On Picnic Near Nagpur Feared Drowned

Two boatmen and a student have been rescued and three bodies have been fished out from river Vena in Nagpur after the boat capsized

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Moments After Facebook Post, 8 On Picnic Near Nagpur Feared Drowned

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The boat that capsized in Nagpur's Vena dam was carrying 11 people, police said

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  1. The group was reportedly celebrating a birthday
  2. The boat capsized in river Vena in Nagpur last evening
  3. Two boatmen, a student saved, a body fished out. Divers looking for other
Eight students are feared dead after their boat capsized on a picnic at river Vena in Nagpur last evening. The group was reportedly celebrating a birthday and had streamed a video on Facebook Live just before the boat tipped over, around 6.30 pm.

Two boatmen and a student have been rescued and three bodies have been pulled out of the waters. Divers are looking for five more. The police suspect that the boat overturned when the men - all between 20 and 25 years - were taking videos and selfies.

"The youngsters came yesterday to enjoy a boat ride. We are looking for seven people," said police officer Suresh Bhoyat this morning.

Eight students had asked three boatmen to take them to the dam.

A witness who saw the boat turning over called the police. A local diver helped rescue three.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force and firemen have also been roped in for the rescue effort, which resumed early this morning.

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