16 dead after boat capsizes in Andhra

13 November, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • 11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

At least 14 people died after a boat capsized in a river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, a police officer said.

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

The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved.

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A total of 15 people were rescued with the help of locals.

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. Another three passengers were rescued by the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late in the night. Most of the victims are believed to be from Ongole and Nellore.

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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. However, locals allege that many boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their sanctioned capacity.

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