3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

Search operation under way after a boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday. Image Twitter ANI

The authorities have pressed into service a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue the missing passengers. Sources told New Indian Express that 15 people have been recovered so far while 10 others are still feared missing.

At least 16 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

An overloaded boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada this evening.

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The passengers were making a trip from Punnami Ghat in Bhavanipuram to Pavitra Sangamam in Ferry village when the vessel capsized, PTI quoted an official as saying.

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river. Search and rescue operation going on.

The boat, owned by a private agency, overturned as it approached the ferry point around 5.45pm.

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed DGP Sambasiva Rao and Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham to rush to the spot and monitor the rescue operations.

The NDRF said three teams of it are now performing operation.

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