Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe

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A team of divers, along with Dornier aircraft, have been sent to Rajahmundry to join rescue operations.

Congress Minister Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "I'm deeply anguished by the tragic loss of innocent lives in the boat capsize on the Godavari River".

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

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Besides Navy, personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, Fire Services, Revenue and Police Department were carrying out the search and rescue operation as over 30 passengers travelling in the boat were said to be missing.

Officials are still trying to ascertain the number of passengers who were in the boat though 16 including the driver and boat owner swam to safety, last evening.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.

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Naidu also asserted that the boat was inspected by officials before it took off. When it was just 10 minutes from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds rocked the boat so much that it lost its balance and capsized. The Government will also provide housing, job opportunities to the families. The rescue teams had to cut up a part of the boat to bring out the bodies. The driver and boat owner have surrendered.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa on Tuesday spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone and enquired about the incident.

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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