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Andhra Pradesh: 16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna River

Andhra Pradesh: 16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna River

Fifteen people were rescued by local fishermen.

The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

An official said, the boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village.

According to local media reports, there were an estimated 30 to 40 tourists on board at the time of the incident, and nearly all of them were members of the Ongole Walkers Club. "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. Of them, 32 belonged to a walkers' association from Ongole in Prakasam district and six from Nellore.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

According to the AP State Disaster Management Authority, there are two NDRF teams with 30 members each, 45 members of the State Disaster Rescue Force and 12 rescue boats now working on the rescue operation.

Sixty members of the NDRF and 60 members of fire department with 12 boats participated in the rescue operation. Home minister N Chinna Rajappa announced at 8.30 pm that 16 dead bodies were retrieved till now.

Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy visited the accident spot and later the hospital.

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