The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Krishna River near
Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh has climbed to 19 following the recovery of three
more bodies on November 13. Four more passengers were still missing.
State disaster response and fire services department sources said while two
bodies were recovered by teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),
another was fished out by personnel of his department.
Four more boat passengrs are still missing. We are pressing scuba divers
into service to trace the missing persons. Since there is lot of water movement
because rescue teams are at work, the bodies, if any, could have floated away.
The rescue operations have been intensified.
A tourist boat packed with 35-40 passengers capsized into river Krishna at
the Pavithra Sangamam ghat near Vijayawada on Sunday evening. 16 bodies were
fished out. Sources said that 15 people had been saved while 10 others were feared
missing on November 12 th night. A majority of the victims were members of the
walkers club fron Nellore and Ongole towns who boarded the killer boat for a
The accident occured at a place where the daily harathi is given to river
goddess Krishnaveni at the confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers called
Pavitra Sangamam. The boat overturned
while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam
The authorities have pressed into service a team of the National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF) to rescue the missing passengers.
They said that the boat, run by Simple Water Sports, was ferrying 35-40
passengers, much more than its capacity of 20.
It was for the first time that the boat belonging to a two month old
company River boating had taken up the river cruise from the Bhavani island
area. According to sources the boat driver had no clue about the silt
accumulating in that stretch of the river. The speeding boat crashed into a
huge mound of silt and capsized. Under the impact of the crash, people sitting
on the top deck fell into the river while others in the lower decks were stuck
inside the boat.
being a holiday and this being the auspicious Karthika Masam, the number of
tourists was more than usual.