16 die as boat capsizes in India

Pablo Tucker
November 12, 2017

The authorities have pressed into service a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue the missing passengers.

The boat that capsized at Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam mandal, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh was reportedly a private boat.

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.

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

The accident took place in Krishna river about 25 km (15 miles) from Vijayawada city, district administrative chief B Lakshmikantham told Reuters.

At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said.

"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and a lot of them were not provided life jackets".

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. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

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