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16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra

16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra

The boat overturned while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, where the Godavari meets the Krishna.

The incident occurred while the ferry was going from Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, on the Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam, Andhra Pradesh. We are in the process of identifying the victims.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed DGP Sambasiva Rao and Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham to rush to the spot and monitor the rescue operations. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

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"According to preliminary investigation, the private agency which was operating the boat did not have a licence from the tourism department", he said. Home minister N Chinna Rajappa announced at 8.30 pm that 16 dead bodies were retrieved till now. Read Also: Karnataka: Seven held for trying to sacrifice boy Locals have alleged that numerous boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their actual capacity.

"Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

Twenty of the roughly 35 people on the boat were rescued and the search operations were ongoing, India's National Disaster Response Force said on Twitter.


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