A Delhi woman has died while on a rafting trip on the Ganga in Rishikesh, a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand. The 33-year old woman drowned after the raft she was on capsized. Bhagwati Barman, a resident of Laxmi Nagar who worked with a private firm in the national capital, died soon after she fell into the river when her raft took a rough turn at the Golf Course Rapids. Reports say four more people people fell into the river when the raft lost balance but they were rescued by the guide accompanying them. The drowning woman lost consciousness when she was rescued but doctors at the hospital declared her dead on arrival.
The raft guide, who spoke to journalists said they were navigating strong waters at the rapid when the raft toppled. “I jumped into the river and brought four people out. But powerful currents dragged the woman to some distance. She was wearing a life jacket but had ingested lots of water.”
A local police chief Aakash Upadhyay said that eight people including a guide were on the raft at the time of the incident. He added the family had not registered any official complaint yet.