Andhra Pradesh: Boat capsizes in Krishna River, 14 dead

13 Ноября, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 11 bodies.

The incident occurred around 5.45 PM when a private tourism boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village, the official said. All of them belonged to Ongole Walkers' Club. "If they had taken the insurance under Chandranna Bima Scheme, an additional amount of Rs 2 lakh would be paid to each family", he said. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets managed to swim to the shore safely with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen who immediately jumped into the waters.

Vijayawada District Collector said, 17 persons were rescued by NDRF and police forces. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. When the buoyancy of water changed at the Pavithra Sangamam, it led to imbalance.

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The tourism department of Andhra Pradesh had given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly. 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.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa, Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others expressed grief over the incident.

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