At least 16 dead after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

13 November, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Ora Austin
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The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are undertaking search and rescue operations. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets managed to swim to the shore safely with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen who immediately jumped into the waters.

Two teams each comprising 30 NDRF personnel, a 45-member team of the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and 60 members of the Disaster Response and Fire Services Department have been roped into the rescue operation.

The passengers were making a trip from Punnami Ghat in Bhavanipuram to Pavitra Sangamam in Ferry village when the vessel capsized, PTI quoted an official as saying.

The NDRF said three teams of it are now performing operation.

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The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. Home minister N Chinna Rajappa announced at 8.30 pm that 16 dead bodies were retrieved till now.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his grief over the incident, and asked the District Collector and police authorities to take the necessary action.

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