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

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Disaster at dusk: Rescue operations under progress at the Pavithra Sangamam in Vijayawada on Sunday. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town. "Some 14 bodies have been fished out of the waters", he said. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

Police said the ferry riders were not wearing life jackets, The Press Trust of India news agency reported. They were helped by trained swimmers and local fishermen who launched rescue efforts when the boat capsized.

According to the Newspaper, The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen.

The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.

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Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Minister, Opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and film actor and Jana Sena party president Pawan Kalyan were among who expressed their shock and grief over the incident.

Director general of police N Sambasiva Rao, Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham and the other senior officials of the district administration are personally supervising the rescue operations.