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10 women drown as farmworkers’ boat sinks in India

March 21, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ten women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a lake in western India on Friday.

Police officer Satyendera Singh says six women and one boatman were rescued after the accident in Rajasthan’s state Tonk district, nearly 390 kilometers (245 miles) southwest of New Delhi.

Singh said the small boat appeared to be overcrowded with women who were heading to a nearby village to work in farms. Police have recovered all six bodies.

Boating accidents are common in India because many ferries are poorly built and are often overcrowded and there is little regard for safety regulations.

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