Andhra Boat Capsizes: Navy's Teams Sent For Rescue Efforts, 23 Still Missing

17 May, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • A boat has capsized in the Godavari River

Officials launched massive rescue operations by using boats and divers. On Wednesday, teams of Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) brought a JCB from the nearby Polavaram project site but could not pull out the wreckage of the boat from the river. Even before one come to terms with it, the fresh tragedy of capsizing of a boat carrying wedding troupe come as a huge shocker.

Though a warning about the inclement weather was issued at least half an hour in advance, there was no communication system in the boat to receive it, Naidu said. At least 40 people were onboard, including 20 members of a marriage party, reported the Hindustan Times.

Officials are still trying to ascertain the number of passengers who were in the boat though 16 including the driver and boat owner swam to safety, last evening. He also announced government job would be provided to an eligible person each from the families of the victims and a house would also be built for them.

They were headed to the scenic Papikondalu, or "Papi Hills" in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

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Divers then got into the act to extricate the bodies of the passengers by breaking open the glass windows. According to an official from Rajamahendravaram, the boat mishap might have been caused by strong wind in the region.

State Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa, Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao, Minister N Anand Babu, Rajahmundry MP M Muralimohan, local MLAs, collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of East and West Godavari districts accompanied Naidu in his visit.

Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam.

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