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Authorities rescue 82 people after ferry collision in India

September 9, 2021 GMT
National Disaster Response Force personnel search for missing people after two passenger ferries collided Wednesday in the river Brahmaputra, near Nimati Ghat, in Jorhat, northeastern Assam state, India, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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National Disaster Response Force personnel search for missing people after two passenger ferries collided Wednesday in the river Brahmaputra, near Nimati Ghat, in Jorhat, northeastern Assam state, India, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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National Disaster Response Force personnel search for missing people after two passenger ferries collided Wednesday in the river Brahmaputra, near Nimati Ghat, in Jorhat, northeastern Assam state, India, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Authorities working overnight rescued 82 people after two passenger ferries collided in a river in northeastern India, police said Thursday.

The head-on collision Wednesday caused one of the boats to sink in the Brahmaputra river, leaving one person dead. Several were initially feared missing, but the majority of passengers were either rescued or swam to safety, Assam police chief Bhaskar Mahanta said.

Four rescued passengers were taken to a hospital, where one died, said Ashok Barman, deputy commissioner of Jorhat city.

An estimated 120 people were on the two boats. The crash occurred near Nimati Ghat, a river port in Jorhat, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) from Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

The cause of the collision was not immediately clear. The second boat was pulled ashore afterward.

The state’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, tweeted that he was pained to hear of the accident and would visit the site on Thursday.