Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Several people feared dead after tourist ferry capsizes in Andhra

Several people feared dead after tourist ferry capsizes in Andhra

Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya said the boat was brought from Kakinada in East Godavari district to conduct trial run in Krishna.

According to reports, the boat, which had 38 people on board, overturned when trying to manoeuvre towards Pavitra Sangamam after leaving the ferry.

The incident occurred when the boat set off for Pavitra Sangamam at Ferry village near Vijayawada from Bhavani Island, the police said.

The authorities have pressed into service a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue the missing passengers. We are in the process of identifying the victims. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were present in the boat when it overturned. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed shock over the accident and directed Director General Police Sambasiva Rao to rush to the scene and supervise rescue operations.

The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available.

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