Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

26 feared dead in Vijayawada boat tragedy

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river Search operation under way after a boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday. Image Twitter ANI
Andrew Cummings | 13 November, 2017, 02:03

"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and majority were not provided life jackets".

The Police said 38 people, who were on picnic party on the occasion of Karthika Masam, boarded a boat, being operated by a private company.

He straight away rammed his speeding boat into the silt and capsized the vehicle where few members fell outside and several got stuck under the boat and the silt, thus rendering life jackets useless.

According to initial reports, those killed in the incident include six women and women, while 13 people have been rescued by the NDRF teams.

Local fishermen at Ferry swung into action immediately and rescued 15 passengers.

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The passengers were travelling to Pavitra Sangamam to see a daily ritual when the boat lost its balance. Most of the victims are believed to be from Ongole and Nellore.

Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.

Two persons, who were rescued from the tragedy, complained of sickness and were shifted to a government general hospital in Vijayawada, the officials said.

Mr Chinarajappa, ministers Akhila Priya, Siddha Raghava Rao and a host of top officials were monitoring the relief and rescue operation and the search for bodies.

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