Sixteen killed after boat capsizes in Vijayawada

Nov 13, 2017, 00:51
Sixteen killed after boat capsizes in Vijayawada

The administration was investigating what caused the incident, he said.

Another 20 people swam to safety or were rescued by villagers in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa said.

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According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.

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A total of 38 passengers and three crew members were on-board the vessel, which was operated by a private company and traveling along the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday. However, locals allege that many boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their sanctioned capacity.

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly.

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Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

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