14 killed, 9 missing in Andhra boat tragedy

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An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada this evening, resulting in the death of 16 tourists while seven others are missing, the police said. The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat.

According to initial reports, those killed in the incident include six women and women, while 13 people have been rescued by the NDRF teams. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river.

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The rescue operations were underway and senior officials rushed to the spot. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned. As many as 20 passengers, who were wearing life jackets, managed to swim to the shore safely.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the tragedy. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

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