Six children die in Kinniya ferry capsize, 17 rescued | Daily News

Six children die in Kinniya ferry capsize, 17 rescued

The capsized ferry.  Picture by Mollipothana corr.
The capsized ferry. Picture by Mollipothana corr.

Six children died after a ferry carrying 20 capsized in Kinniya, Trincomalee yesterday morning. Police said the children were on their way to school when the accident occurred.

About 20 people were on board at the time of the accident and it is learnt that some of them had swum ashore.

The Navy stated that 17 people have been rescued and among them were three school children. A special Navy Squadron, Rapid Action Force and eight Marine Squadrons have been deployed to rescue the missing persons, a Navy spokesman said.

Police said that the death toll could rise further. Police and Navy have already launched a search operation for the missing.

Meanwhile area residents protested near the Kinniya Divisional Secretariat claiming that the construction of the bridge across the lagoon connecting Kinniya and Kurunjankulam is purposefully being delayed by the authorities.

They said that the ferry is used as a bridge instead of the existing bridge as it is under construction.




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