16 Indians among 30 dead as boat capsizes off Qatar coast

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Doha, July 1 (ANI): About sixteen Indians were feared to be among 30 dead in a tragic incident in which as a vessel, 'Damas Victory', hired by a Qatar based oil-firm capsized off the coast of Qatar on Wednesday.

The incident took place about two nautical miles off Doha at around 6.30 am local time on Tuesday, the vessel had 35 people including 19 Indians on board.

According to the Indian Embassy in Qatar, five people were rescued from the boat, including three Indians.

"Rescue operations are underway and five people, including three Indians, have been saved. There is no hope of any more survivors," an official said, adding that the Embassy was in touch with the Qatar Coast Guard.

Qatar Coast Guard recovered seven bodies, however, they were yet to be identified.

However, the rescued Indians have been identified as Jaison Verghese, Balakrishnan Velayudhan, and Prabhu Chellam.

The boat, which belonged to a Dubai-based 'Demas Marine', had been hired by HBK Power Cleaning company. (ANI)

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