Boat tragedy: body washed ashore

CHENNAI, JAN. 20. The body of a youth that was washed ashore in Thiruchenankuppam near Thiruvottiyur yesterday evening, has been identified as the person who was missing from the list of those on board the boat that capsized off the Marina on January 15.

Police identified the deceased as Ramachandran, 29, a carpenter from Kolathur, based on the passport found in his clothes. His parents also identified the body.

The victim is believed to have travelled in the fibreglass boat that overturned on the eve of Kaanum Pongal off Marina Beach. The boat laden with more than 20 persons had capsized just a few metres from the coast. Three persons were drowned and several others were injured.

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