Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

16 killed, 7 missing in boat capsize near Vijayawada; govt announces compensation

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Lillian Steele | 13 November, 2017, 02:01

"As the boat took a turn near the Ferry Ghat, the tourists came to one side to witness the evening "aarti" to the "Sangamam", immediately the boat turned turtle". As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety.

The passengers were travelling to Pavitra Sangamam to see a daily ritual when the boat lost its balance. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.

Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 16 bodies so far in the tragic incident. Efforts were on to find the remaining seven passengers, the police said, adding that none of the passengers was wearing life jacket. There were 38 tourists on boat belonging to a private operator and coming to Pavitra Sangam at Ibrahimpatnam from Bhavani Island. However, locals allege that many boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their sanctioned capacity.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, deputy CM (home) N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others expressed grief over the incident. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.

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