2 dead, 8 injured after rafting boat capsizes in Pahalgam

2 dead, 8 injured after rafting boat capsizes in Pahalgam

Srinagar, Jun 18: An employee of the tourism department and a participant of championship named after brave heart, Rouf Ahmad Dar were killed and eight others were injured after a boat capsized in a river Lidder at Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday evening.
Reports said that the boat carrying the employee namely Rinku Raja and the female participant namely Sanjna from Jammu along with eight others, capsized in fast-flowing Lidder near Pahalgam.
Soon after the incident, a joint team of SDRF, police and local volunteers managed to rescue all of them and have been shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared Rinku and Sanjna as brought dead.
BMO Sallar Dr Shakeel Ahmad confirmed that both the persons were brought dead while eight others are injured. While five have been admitted one seriously injured person was referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Talking to a news agency, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel said that boat capsized in river Lidder and injured were shifted to hospital. He said that a three-day championship in honour of brave heart Rouf Ahmad Dar has been organized by the department and it started yesterday.
He said that after the conclusion of today’s rafting, the employee and the participant left for rafting during which the incident took place.
On May 31, last month, Rouf Dar saved five tourists, two of them foreigners, after their boat capsized in fast flowing river Lidder near Mawoora area of Pahalgam.
Unfortunately, Dar lost his life in an act of bravery which is being hailed by people and the administration.
Tourism department to probe raft capsize
The Department of Tourism Kashmir on Tuesday announced to conduct an inquiry into the tragic raft capsize at Pahalgam in which its employee and a participant drowned in river Lidder after the closure of the events for the day. Besides the death of two persons, eight others suffered injuries in the incident.
According to a statement issued by the department, an employee Rinku Raja from Udhampur and a participant Sanjna hailing from Reasi died in the incident when they along with other participants took out raft for a joy ride in river Lidder.
The SDRF, police and volunteers managed to rescue other rafters within 15 minutes of the incident and were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The incident happened after the conclusion of the Rouf Memorial State Rafting Championship events of the day at 4.10 pm. The 3-day event began on June 17, 2019, in which 12 teams from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh participated.
The department has expressed deep regrets over the incident and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. (GNS)