3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

Posted November 13, 2017

As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

Twenty people died in September when a boat packed with labourers capsized on the Yamuna river in northern India.

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Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available. Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 11 bodies.

A massive search and rescue operation was launched at Pavitra Sangamam by the teams of NDRF 10th Battalion and the State Disaster Response Force soon after the news of boat mishap broke on Sunday evening. "For more than an hour, no one tried to pull the people stuck under the tourist boat", an eye-witness said. In a separate incident, at least six people had drowned in river Ganga in Bihar's Maranchi.

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The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved. Most of the victims are believed to be from Ongole and Nellore.

"Rescue operations are on and they will continue until all have been traced", a local police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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