16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

12 November, 2017, 21:00 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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Vijayawada: The dead bodies of the tourists were killed after their boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on Nov 12, 2017. The overloaded boat capsized midway due to the weight of38 passengers, he further added. "For more than an hour, no one tried to pull the people stuck under the tourist boat", an eye-witness said. Home minister N Chinna Rajappa said the boat was operating without permissions.

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run. The boat is said to have hit a sand dune as the driver was not familiar with the topography of the river. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

Boat accidents are common in India, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety on ferries.

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. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and Krishna district authorities have launched a massive search and rescue operation to trace the missing people.

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