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13 November 2017, 02:01 | Damon Campbell
Search operation under way after a boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday. Image Twitter ANI
Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.
At least 14 people are feared drowned in a boat mishap in Krishna river at Ibrahimpatnam near Vijayawada Sunday evening. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.
The Deputy Chief Minister announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia to the families of each of the deceased. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been pressed into service to find the missing persons. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons. According to IANS, there were 38 tourists on the boat belonging to a private operator.
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The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.
Another 20 people swam to safety or were rescued by villagers in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa said.
The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.
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