12 drown as boat with worshippers capsizes in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 12 Hindu worshippers drowned when their boat capsized early yesterday during a religious celebration on a lake in central India, rescuers said.

Six people swam ashore from the lake in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state, and a search was on for one missing person, said state-run National Disaster Response Force spokesman Krishan Kumar. Kumar said 12 bodies were recovered from the lake.

The boat tilted and capsized while the worshippers performed a ritual during the celebration, police said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF) personnel try to remove a boat from water while they conduct rescue operations at Lower Lake in Bhopal, after boats overturn during a religious ceremony. PHOTO: AFP