5 dead, 11 missing as tourist boat capsizes in Krishna near Vijayawada

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

As many as 41 people, including the boat driver, were in the boat at the time of the incident. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said.

Last week, at least nine people, including five children, drowned in two incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police had said. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

The NDRF teams anchored inflatable boats close to the capsized boat and lit the premises with portable inflatable emergency lighting system throughout the night.

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According to initial reports, the boat belonging to Simple Water Sports, a private agency, was ferrying tourists from Bhavani Island - a popular tourist spot - to Pavitra Sangamam, where the Godavari joins the Krishna on the outskirts of Vijayawada.

Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed shock over the accident and directed Director General Police Sambasiva Rao to rush to the scene and supervise rescue operations.

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