10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

Ace swimmers to trace the missing persons had been pressed into service, he said. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada and Visakhapatnam had also been deployed. The tragedy took place between 4.30 PM to 5 PM near Manturu of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari district.

Local authorities said several people have believed to be missing after a boat they were travelling in capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for. She was rescued by the locals.

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The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said.

According to East Godavari Collector Karthikeya Mishra, who was rushing to the spot, the boat was coming from Kondamodalu (East) and proceeding to Polavaram (West). Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to launch rescue operations on war footing. The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely gutted.

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