Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari, 23 Feared Missing

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari 23 Feared Missing

They were headed to the scenic Papikondalu, or "Papi Hills" in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

Around 10 people, including four crew members, swam to the shore and alerted officials about the accident, after which two 35-member-strong NDRF teams and 90 SDRF personnel were pressed into service for search and rescue operations.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa spoke to East Godavari district officials over phone and enquired about the incident.

The tribals, all belonging to the Kondareddi community, had taken a boat from Manchur tribal hamlet near Polavaram to go to the Varapalli weekly fair market.

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Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam said, "A Dornier aircraft with diving teams sent to Rajahmundry (where boat capsized in East Godavari), additional diving teams are being sent by 2 helicopters early Wednesday morning to join rescue operations".

Today's incident is the second boat accident on the river within a week.

"We are not sure what caused the launch to capsize. The river is very narrow now and not very deep, so if the boat had a problem the boat driver could have reached the river bank within five minutes".

Local media reports suggest that the passenger boat started from Devipatnam and was en route to Vadapalli.

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