Boat capsize: Injured admitted to Andhra hospital

Boat capsize: Injured admitted to Andhra hospital

A massive search and rescue operation was launched at Pavitra Sangamam by the teams of NDRF 10th Battalion and the State Disaster Response Force soon after the news of boat mishap broke on Sunday evening.

According to police, 30 people, who were on picnic party on the occasion Karthika Masam, hired a boat operated by a private company.

So far five bodies have been recovered. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people.

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This incident comes after 22 people died after a boat capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

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

Director general of police N Sambasiva Rao, Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham and the other senior officials of the district administration are personally supervising the rescue operations.

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