16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

Thirteen people lost their lives when their boat capsized in the Krishna river on Sunday evening. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing. He said that he heard the screaming of the passengers but the boat capsized in minutes after hitting the sand bar.

According to the Newspaper, The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen.

So far five bodies have been recovered.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is for Kerala visit, spoke with Krishna district Collector B Lakshmikantham and DGP N Samba Shiva Rao and directed them to rush to the spot and intensify operation. "Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them.

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The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly.

NDRF top official Love Kumar and others also supervised the search operation.


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