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AP boat mishap toll climbs to 20

Press Trust of India Amaravati | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on November 13, 2017

The death toll in the boat capsize in the Krishna river near Vijayawada has risen to 20 following the recovery of four more bodies this morning.

The deceased included nine women and a teenaged boy, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said in a statement in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon while observing that the tragedy took place due to the “greed” of the private operator.

While 16 bodies were fished out of the river last night, four more were retrieved this morning. Another four persons, including two crew of the boat, were reported missing, the Chief Minister said, expressing “deep regret and pain” over the mishap.

An overloaded boat carrying nearly 45 people capsized yesterday close to the ‘Pavitra Sangamam’ (confluence point of the Krishna and Godavari rivers) at Ferry village near Vijayawada.

Naidu said a two-member committee comprising an IAS and an IPS officer would thoroughly probe the incident and suggest safety and precautionary measures to prevent such tragedies in future.

The chief minister said that 17 passengers, who were rescued in the mishap, were sent home after treatment while four more were undergoing treatment in a hospital.

Earlier in the day, he conducted an aerial survey of the river stretch between Bhavani Island and Pavitra Sangamam and then visited the accident spot at Ferry village.

Published on November 13, 2017
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