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Three students killed as ferry sinks off Indian coast

A ferry boat carrying mostly teenage schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off India's western coast on Saturday, killing three students, police said.

The police and the navy involved in the rescue operation said another 29 children were rescued after the incident off Dahanu, a town in Maharashtra state.

All the students on the boat have been accounted for, said police officer VJ Sankha.

The Press Trust of India news agency earlier said that 32 children were rescued during search operations using a plane, helicopters and some ships.

It also said the schoolchildren were on a picnic when the accident occurred.

Police said the rescue operation had been completed with the recovery of the boat that capsized in the sea.

Moshudi Pervez Sheikh, a 17-year-old girl who survived, said the boat tilted and sank as the schoolchildren moved to one side to take selfies using smartphones.

Such accidents are common in India, where many ferry boats are poorly built and often overcrowded, and there is little regard for safety regulations such as providing lifejackets.

Boats are often the main mode of transport in remote areas.

AP

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