Krishna river boat tragedy: Locals rushed to rescue

by Antonio Miles November 13, 2017, 0:51
Krishna river boat tragedy: Locals rushed to rescue

At least five people were killed and 11 others missing after a tourist boat carrying 38 passengers capsized in the Krishna near Ibrahimpatnam, Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday.

An official said, the boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village.

They rescued 17 persons and fished out bodies of 21 persons along with NDRF, fire and police personnel. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. "Rescue operations are on to know the whereabouts of missing persons", deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa, who holds home portfolio, told reporters late evening. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.

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The injured in the boat capsize incident, in which 16 people died, were brought to Andhra hospital in Vijayawada on Monday.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.


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