16-09-201916-09-2019 08:27:27 IST
2019-09-16T02:57:27.330Z16-09-2019 2019-09-16T02:57:21.296Z - - 08-04-2020
Thirteen people died and another 35 are missing after a tourist boat ferrying passengers to Papikondalu capsized in Devipatnam in East Godavari on Sunday.
It was not clear whether the trip had been authorised by the officials or not. AP tourism minister M. Srinivasa Rao said the boat did not have permission to take tourists to Papikondalu.
A massive search operation involving the navy and special disaster management teams is underway and till now twenty four tourists have been rescued. The Navy has deployed helicopters for the search operation and teams from the NDRF and SDRF are scouring the river. The tourism department is engaging two speed boats.
Specialist marine divers from Vishakhapatnam have also been called in to assist the rescue operations. The entire tourist group on the boat consisted of people from AP and Telangana with 22 from Hyderabad and 14 from Warrangal present on the boat during the accident
The tourists were on a joy ride to Papikondalu from Gandipochamma temple at about 10 am. Tragedy struck around 12.30 pm when the boat was reportedly caught in a whirlpool in the vicinity of Kachuluru Manda village in Devipatnam mandal of East Godavari and capsized.
Government sources said that the death toll stood at 13 at 7 pm, and 24 tourists had been rescued by nearby villagers. The rescued persons were rushed to the area hospital at Rampachodavaram for treatment.
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