At least 11 dead after boat capsizes in south India

Laura Christensen
November 13, 2017

At least 14 people are feared drowned in a boat mishap in Krishna river at Ibrahimpatnam near Vijayawada Sunday evening.

Ferry staff stated that it was the first time that the boat belonging to a two-month old company called "River Boating" was coming to the area from Bhavani Island and the driver did not know about the silt existing in that part of the river.

The overloaded boat capsized midway due to the weight of 38 passengers, the police official said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and Krishna district authorities have launched a massive search and rescue operation to trace the missing people.

Police said the ferry riders were not wearing life jackets, The Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.

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"We received information five minutes after the incident occurred and local fishermen and boatmen had already rescued a few people".

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.

When contacted, a Simple Water Sports representative claimed that they hadn't overcrowded the boat and there were only 20 passengers on the boat.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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