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16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

13 November 2017, 12:52 | Katrina Lee

Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

At least 16 people died on Sunday when a tourist boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

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.

According to eyewitnesses, they began hearing loud screams from far away and immediately private lifeguards from Simple Group rushed to the spot with rescue boats and swimmers and tried to rescue few members who fell out of the boat.

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Three bodies were recovered from the river while search was on for others. Preliminary investigation says boat turned upside down due to overload. Efforts were on to find the remaining seven passengers, the police said, adding that none of the passengers was wearing life jacket.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety.



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