Rjy: 7 dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Godavari

Rjy: 7 dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Godavari

In yet another major tragedy, a boat carrying over 50 tourists and 11 crew members capsized near Kachhuluru in Devipatnam on the banks of the Godavari River on Sunday afternoon. The tourists were en route to the popular tourist destination Papikondalu from the Gandipochamma temple.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao said that at least 50 to 60 passengers were on board the boat which is operated by Punnami Tourism, a Rajahmundry-based private agency. The minister also said that an inquiry has been ordered to nab the culprits for running the boat services even after the government prohibited the boat tours in the swollen up river due to the incessant rains.

Two teams of NDRF have been employed to carry out the rescue operations. So far, 7 bodies have been fished out from the water, and the victims were found to be not wearing life jackets. 23 tourists have been rescued so far.