Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

AP boat capsize: 2 bodies recovered from Godavari

AP boat capsize: 2 bodies recovered from Godavari

Rescue workers were trying to pull out the launch, an official said.

Teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in the rescue operations with the help of Navy helicopters.

As the boat got stuck in the sand of the riverbed at least 40 feet below the surface and with all its doors and windows closed, extricating the bodies trapped inside is proving cumbersome, a senior official involved in the rescue operation said.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for.

According to local people, there were 40 people on boat including a marriage party. Narendra Modi tweeted, "Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district".

Rampachodavaram ASP, Ajitha Vijendla, who is supervising the rescue operations along with District SP and Collector said, "Rescue operations are still on, though we can't give exact number of the people who are missing /drowned". The Government will also provide housing, job opportunities to the families.

Naidu also asserted that the boat was inspected by officials before it took off.

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

Speaking to the press, CBN said, "the Boat (launch) has been thoroughly checked in the morning on the day of the incident".

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation.

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