Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

35 tribals missing as boat capsizes in Godavari

35 tribals missing as boat capsizes in Godavari

The teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were engaged in the rescue operations with the help of Navy helicopters.

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.

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Officials said since the boat capsized at a remote area and information on what exactly happened was not received.

A strong wind was said to be the main for the mishap. Around 17 people have been rescued while 23 people are still missing. "Our party followers too should support the people when such incidents take place" said Pawan Kalyan. Additional SP Ajitha Vejendla spoke to the Indian Express about the accident and said that survivors are being interviewed to ascertain the reason behind the incident. Narendra Modi tweeted, "Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district". Condolences to the bereaved families.

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The driver and owner of Lakshmi Venkateswara Boat Service Khaja Mohiddin of Devipatnam surrendered before the police after swimming to the shore. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the district authorities to take all necessary steps for the safety of the missing people. Even before one come to terms with it, the fresh tragedy of capsizing of a boat carrying wedding troupe come as a huge shocker.

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