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  • Thekkady boat mishap: toll reaches 45

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STAFF WRITER 14:19 HRS IST

Thekkady, Oct 4 (PTI) The final toll in the boat tragedy at Thekkady in Kerala reached 45 with the recovery of one more body from the lake today, as authorities called off search operations saying all the victims had been accounted for.

On the fifth day of search operations by naval divers and others, the body of 20-year-old Abhilash from Hyderabad was pulled out in the morning. The body of his sister Apurva (14) was recovered yesterday.

The double-decker boat of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation had 76 persons on board, including two crew members, when it capsized in the Thekkady lake located in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary after cruising five km on Wednesday

Among the victims were 19 women, 17 men and 9 children.

There were no complaints of any more missing persons, officials said, adding that 31 persons survived the tragedy.

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