Andhra Pradesh: 16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna River

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

At least 14 people died after a boat capsized in a river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, a police officer said.

Police in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state said they recovered at least 16 bodies from Krishna River where the accident took place. Another three passengers were rescued by the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late in the night.

They said that the boat, run by Simple Water Sports, was ferrying 35-40 passengers, much more than its capacity of 20. Search and rescue operation is still on.


A survivor in the incident had alleged that the boat operator was trying to let in more passengers, which made the boat overloaded.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.

"We received information five minutes after the incident occurred and local fishermen and boatmen had already rescued a few people". "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.

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