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16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river”

In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing. When the boat was sailing towards the confluence of Krishna and Godavari river, it capsized at upstream Prakasham barrage in Fherri village, about 16 km from here.

Alerted government immediately pressed disaster management forces in to service to rescue people struck in the water. Tourism Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena said the boat belonged to a private company, River Boat Adventures, which had permission to operate only two small boats - a 2-seater and a 4-seater. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island.

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Director general of police N Sambasiva Rao, Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham and the other senior officials of the district administration are personally supervising the rescue operations.



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