Andhra boat capsize: Joint rescue effort being conducted

16 May, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • 23 missing after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh with 40 on board, rescue operations underway

A Dornier aircraft carrying diving teams have been sent to Rajahmundhry in Andhra Pradesh for rescue operations after a boat capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with AP Government has been taking care of the rescue operations and 20 people are still missing in the tragedy in boat mishap. Narendra Modi tweeted, "Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district". Local police personnel are also involved in the rescue operations. Rescue workers were trying to break open the windows to pull out the bodies, an official said.

The boat apparently belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident, ETV reported.

Apparently due to the heavy wind and storm, they have locked the boat doors, which in turn became a curse for the passengers.

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The boat, with about 40 passengers, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Devipatnam yesterday when tragedy struck near Manturu village, a release said quoting officials as having told Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release said.

The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari River in the same district on May 11.

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