3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

Nov 13, 2017, 00:53
3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

Tragedy struck after a boat carrying 38 people capsized at Ferry Ghat in Ibrahimpatnam area of the city on Sunday evening. Fifteen people were rescued by local fishermen.

"According to preliminary investigation, the private agency which was operating the boat did not have a license from the tourism department", he added.

As many as 41 people, including the boat driver, were in the boat at the time of the incident. "It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed", an Assistant Commissioner of Police said. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.

Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 16 bodies so far in the tragic incident.

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The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are undertaking search and rescue operations.

The deputy chief minister rushed to the accident spot to oversee the rescue operations and has directed police to rush additional force to help locate the missing persons.

One of the deceased was identified as Prabhakar Reddy, a former president of the BJP Prakasam district unit.

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