Krishna river boat tragedy: Locals rushed to rescue

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An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada this evening, resulting in the death of 16 tourists while seven others are missing, the police said. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

Twenty people died in September when a boat packed with labourers capsized on the Yamuna river in northern India. "For more than an hour, no one tried to pull the people stuck under the tourist boat", an eye-witness said.

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations by taking the help of NDRF personnel.




Reports say that 14 bodies have been recovered so far.

"According to preliminary investigation, the private agency which was operating the boat did not have a license from the tourism department", he added. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

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