Women Die As Boat Capsizes in Western India

By: CNN
By: CNN
In this photo taken Saturday, April 18, 2009, released by Dutch defense ministry on April 21, 2009, Dutch marines board a fishing boat in the Gulf of Aden and free two dozen Yemenis from the clutches of nine pirates. They seized and destroyed AK-47 assault rifles and a rocket launcher but then put the pirates back in their skiff and set them free. (AP Photo/ Defense Ministry Netherlands/)

In this photo taken Saturday, April 18, 2009, released by Dutch defense ministry on April 21, 2009, Dutch marines board a fishing boat in the Gulf of Aden and free two dozen Yemenis from the clutches of nine pirates. They seized and destroyed AK-47 assault rifles and a rocket launcher but then put the pirates back in their skiff and set them free. (AP Photo/ Defense Ministry Netherlands/)

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 13 women died and 18 were missing after two boats capsized in western India, police said Sunday.

They were returning home from the fields when their vessels overturned Saturday evening in a river at Maharashtra state's Bhandara district, said Chandrashekhar Bahadur, assistant police inspector.

The two boats were carrying 35 women, mostly farm laborers, he said. Four were able to swim ashore.

Rescuers have found 13 bodies so far and the search for others is on, said Bahadur. He said possible flooding in the river could have led to the capsizing.

"It rained heavily here on Saturday," he said.


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