19 bodies retrieved — AP boat tragedy

17 May, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • AP CM directs officials to send rescue teams to accident site

Boat capsizes in Godavari river: Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said. "Our party followers too should support the people when such incidents take place" said Pawan Kalyan. He said that AP Government should take stringent action on those who are running boats without proper safety. According to Reddy, the driver of the boat had said there were 25-26 passengers onboard, however, the actual count of the passengers was 40.

The teams from the navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were engaged in the rescue operations with the help of Navy helicopters. We are verifying how many bags were loaded on the boat...

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Rescue operation that was launched immediately did not yield much result on Tuesday night due to adverse weather and darkness. While 22 passengers swam to safety, the remaining perished as the boat, which was also carrying cement bags and two-wheelers, sank due to inclement weather. 37 are from East Godavari district and seven are from West Godavari district. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover soon. It is pitiable condition that four persons got killed from one family and it is painful to see the kids crying for their parents.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to undertake rescue operations on a war footing.

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YSRCP Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has also expressed anguish over the mishap.

The boat, with about 40 passengers, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) from Devipatnam when the tragedy struck.

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