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26 killed in Andhra boat tragedy in Krishna river

12 November 2017, 09:04 | Justin Tyler

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

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

At least 16 people died and others were feared drowned after a tourist boat packed with 35-40 passengers capsized into river Krishna at the Pavithra Sangamam ghat near Vijayawada on Sunday evening. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were present in the boat when it overturned. According to an eyewitness, most of the tourists were standing on the right side, which resulted in the boat tilting.

Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa, who rushed to the site, said 16 bodies had been recovered while the search was on for the missing.

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

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

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been pressed into service to find the missing persons.

"Rescue operations are on and they will continue until all have been traced", a local police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The District Collector said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was booked against the company operating the boat. A total of 15 were rescued and some swam to safety on their own.

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