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Kerala: Four men missing after their boat capsizes in Banasura Sagar Dam reservoir

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Four men were reported missing when their country boat capsized in the reservoir of the Banasura Sagar Dam near Kalpetta in Wayanad district of Kerala late last night, official sources said.
 
There were seven men in all in the boat, but three of them managed to swim to safety, Wayanad District Collector S. Suhas told NetIndian over the telephone.
 
Local people and district authorities launched rescue efforts but were yet to trace the missing persons as of this evening, he added..
 
The four missing were identified as Sachin (20), Binu (42), Melvin (34), all of Kozhikode, about 70 km away, and Wilson, a local, the sources said. The three men who swam to safety were also from Kozhikode, they said.
 
Banasura Sagar dam is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. It is located at the foot of the Banasura hill, 21 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad district in the Western Ghats, and is a major tourist attraction.
 
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