Thursday, 23 November, 2017

16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

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Dexter Carr | 13 November, 2017, 00:51

Members of the Ongole Walkers Club had travelled to old Amaravati to take an auspicious Karthika dip in the Krishna River and perform pujas at the ancient Amareswara Temple.

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

The administration was investigating what exactly caused the incident, but the initial probe found that the private boat operator did not have the necessary permission to ferry people, Lakshmikantham said.

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.

The boat, owned by a private agency, overturned as it approached the ferry point around 5.45pm.

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National Disaster Response Force personnel are now performing rescue operation. The police is trying to identify the other victims.

A total of 15 people were rescued with the help of locals.

Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. However, locals allege that many boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their sanctioned capacity.

"Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them.

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