Andhra boat capsizes: Navy's teams sent for rescue efforts

Andhra Pradesh Launch capsizes over 10 feared drowned

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.

A Dornier aircraft with diving teams has been sent to Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, where a boat carrying about 40 people capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday.

As many as 23 people are reported to be missing, while the others managed to swim to safety and some were rescued.

East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that they have located the launch. The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck.

Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam. When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized.

According to Reddy, the driver of the boat has said there are 25-26 passengers in the boat at the time of the incident. The chief minister spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh and prayed for the safe return of those missing.

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