Kendrapara: Around 30 passengers were left stranded after a motorboat carrying them accidentally went into the sea near Rajnagar in Kendrapara district due to dense fog on Friday morning.
According to sources, the incident took place early in the morning while a group of passengers was on their way to Chandbali from Talachua. The boat was said to be carrying 30 persons including women and children.
Reportedly, the boat lost direction in river mouth when the helmsman failed to detect the direction due to fog. He then decided to halt the vessel, sources said.
After being stuck in the middle of the water for hours, the boat found its way and returned to the shore, sources said. All the passengers on the ferry boat are reported to be safe, sources added.