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10 missing as boat capsize in Godavari River in Andhra

IANS  |  Vijayawada 

Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in in on Tuesday, officials said.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of district around 5 p.m. There were 20 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety.

Officials launched massive rescue operations by using boats and divers. The state disaster management teams and the (NDRF) personnel were pressed into service.

The rescue efforts were on despite darkness, said V. Rajeswari, who was supervising the rescue and relief operations. Karthikeya Mishra and other top officials were on their way to the accident spot.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.

surrendered before police in Devipatnam.

According to local people, there were 40 people on boat including a marriage party. Most of the passengers were tribals from the region.

directed the officials to undertake rescue operations on a war footing. He spoke to the and other officials over phone.

The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in in the same district on May 11. The passengers had a narrow escape as the wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely gutted.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:34 IST
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