They were mobilising heavy cranes near the shores to retrieve the launch that capsized on Tuesday.
East Godavari District Collector Karthikeya Mishra told reporters at the scene that since the launch was stuck in the sand, the rescue workers were making efforts to tie the rope to the railing to pull it horizontally.
The rescue work, halted late on Tuesday due to bad weather, resumed early on Wednesday.
Locals claim that nearly 50 people were on board and 10 swam to safety.
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.
The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari river in the same district on May 11.
The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.
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