Friday, 17 November, 2017

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway
Wilma Wheeler | 13 November, 2017, 00:52

There were 41 tourists on board belonging to a private operator and returning from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangam, or holy confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers.

"So far, 16 bodies have been recovered from river".

According to Vijayawada police, the motor boat with a three-man crew was ferrying 38 passengers from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangamam near Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Vijayawada for a religious ceremony on Karthika Masam. The police is trying to identify the other victims.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed DGP Sambasiva Rao and Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham to rush to the spot and monitor the rescue operations.

When the incident occurred, there were an estimated 30 tourists on board.

Local fishermen at Ferry swung into action immediately and rescued 15 passengers.

While six picnickers died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati River when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, the officials had said.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset. They inquired with the APTDC regarding the availability of a boat, but were told that the boat service had been stopped due to poor light in the evening.

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