Boat capsizes in Krishna river, 13 dead

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

However, another source said the boat had hit rocks causing it to overturn.

Another 20 people swam to safety or were rescued by villagers in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa said.

According to eyewitnesses, they began hearing loud screams from far away and immediately private lifeguards from Simple Group rushed to the spot with rescue boats and swimmers and tried to rescue few members who fell out of the boat.

The passengers were travelling to Pavitra Sangamam to see a daily ritual when the boat lost its balance.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has expressed his condolences to the bereaved family. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.

NDRF top official Love Kumar and others also supervised the search operation.



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