Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe

Officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force to the scene

Officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force to the scene

The district authorities reached the accident site along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to conduct rescue operations.

Around 40 people are feared missing after a boat capsized due to strong winds in the Godavari River on Tuesday evening.

According to a report in DNA, 17 people have been rescued while 23 people are still missing.

At least 20 persons swam ashore.

Proper record-keeping is rare on the many ferries that work the Godavari, making it hard to know how many people were on the boat.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.

"Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district". The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck.

Misra said survivors told him that when the launch got caught up in the storm, passengers requested the driver and boat owner, Khaja Moinuddin, who was also in the launch, to take it to the shore and anchor it safely. When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized. Condolences to the bereaved families.

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