Puri: Around 150 passengers had a harrowing experience on Saturday afternoon as they were stranded in a ferryboat in the middle of Chilika lake after it got stuck in the sludge.
Reports said the ferryboat was on its way to Jahnikuda from Satapada ghat and it got stuck after one and half kilometres into the lake.
On being informed about the incident, another ferryboat with a rescue team rushed to the spot and brought all the passengers into safety.
The boat was carrying some heavy vehicles and passengers beyond its capacity. It had left the shore at around 3.15 pm.
Sources said the ferryboat got stuck as its driver took it into wrong direction after it left Satapada ghat.
It is learnt that ferryboat is the only mode of transportation for people in 20 gram panchayats near Chilika lake.