Missing In Boat Mishap In East Godavari

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In another tragic incident today, 23 passengers are missing after a boat carrying 40 people capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh.

Boat capsizes in Godavari river: Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said. Additional diving teams had also been sent by two helicopters to join the rescue operations, Eastern Naval Command, which is leading the rescue efforts, said.

Top officials who are supervising the rescue operations that are on in full swing, with NDRF, Navy and SDRF forces stepping in, said that as many as 16 people were rescued, while around 20 are feared to have drowned. In November, a ferry capsized elsewhere in Andhra Pradesh state, leaving at least 19 people dead. The strong wind in the region has been the reason for the boat mishap informed the officials.

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The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.

According to police, the boat sailed from Devipatnam to reach Kondamodalu at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. "I pray for the safety of those missing".

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu consoled the families of the victims and directed East and West Godavari Collectors and SPs to engage experienced divers in the rescue operation.

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