1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern India

1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern India

1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern India

Earlier this year, 13 people died in a similar incident in the state's Anantapur district. They said that the passengers were stuck beneath the boat and despite having the life jackets they were struggling to come out.

Thirty-eight people were on board when the ferry capsized while turning toward the river bank, officials said.

According to initial reports, the boat belonging to Simple Water Sports, a private agency, was ferrying tourists from Bhavani Island - a popular tourist spot - to Pavitra Sangamam, where the Godavari joins the Krishna on the outskirts of Vijayawada. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town.

Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported.

Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen andNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were pressedinto service to trace the missing persons, he said. Some of the deceased were identified as J Prakash Reddy, P Sitaramaiah, V Koti Reddy, Venkateswarulu, Koteswara Raju, Kusuma and Lalitha, K Rama, P Anamma, and Narayana Raju.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is in Kerala now, held a teleconference with the ministers and officials from the accident site itself.

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