India Tourist Ferry Sinks, Kills 21
13 rescued as officials seek 9 missing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 26, 2014 8:21 AM CST
Rescuers search for victims near the wreckage of a ferry that capsized in the Brahmaputra River at Buraburi village, in this May 2, 2012, file photo.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

(Newser) – A boat carrying local tourists capsized today in India's Andaman Sea in the Bay of Bengal, killing 21 people, officials said. Thirteen were rescued, said top Administrator P. Jawahar. Rescuers were looking for another nine people believed to be missing, CNN-IBN television news channel reported. The boat sank off the eastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and initial reports said the tourists were all Indians. Jawahar said authorities were investigating the cause of the sinking. Accidents are common in India as many ferries are poorly built and often overcrowded, with little regard for safety regulations.