AP boat capsize: 2 bodies recovered from Godavari

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari 23 Feared Missing

Around 17 people have been rescued while 23 people are still missing. "When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, boat lost balance and slid one side". When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized.

Officials said since the boat capsized at a remote area and information on what exactly happened was not received. "There was gale yesterday and the boat was also laden with cement bags and two-wheelers". We will ensure that the children in the affected families are enrolled in residential schools and their education is taken care of, " Naidu said. He also announced government job would be provided to an eligible person each from the families of the victims and a house would also be built for them.

Top officials who are supervising the rescue operations that are on in full swing, with NDRF, Navy and SDRF forces stepping in, said that as many as 16 people were rescued, while around 20 are feared to have drowned. Helicopters from Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, carrying expert divers, reached Devipatnam on Wednesday morning and began an aerial survey to trace the boat.

"There were 44 passengers on the boat at the time of the mishap".

A major mishap was averted on May 10 when a boat with 80 passengers caught fire near Pudipalli on the East-West Godavari border and the driver pulled the boat safely to shore.

Divers then got into the act to extricate the bodies of the passengers by breaking open the glass windows.

East Godavari district Collector Kartikeya Misra, Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni and Prakash, the West Godavari SP, supervised the rescue operations.

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