At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

Saul Bowman
November 13, 2017

At least 13 people drowned and others were missing after a crowded ferry capsized Sunday in the Krishna River in India, a government official said. "It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed", an assistant commissioner of police said. Another three passengers were rescued by the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late in the night. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river. However, another source said the boat had hit rocks causing it to overturn.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.

The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24. As many as 20 passengers, who were wearing life jackets, managed to swim to the shore safely. The boat was owned by private agency, Simple Water Sports.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.

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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