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Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Passengers evacuated from river boat after it crashes into pontoon

Passengers on a Pandaw river cruise were evacuated today after the boat crashed into a pontoon on the River Ganges.

Kindat Pandaw ripped a pontoon bridge off its hinges at Patna, forcing passengers to flee to a nearby sandbank.

Crew were trying to rescue their luggage and safes from the boat's cabins while the passengers looked on.

CruiseCritic said journalist Sue Bryant was on the boat and she posted a tweet saying that it wasn't clear whether the boat was taking on water following the crash.

The 40-passenger Kindat Pandaw is the first of two shallow-draft K designs from Pandaw, which sails the Ganges as far as Burma.

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