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ವಿಜಯವಾಡ: ಬೋಟ್ ಮುಳುಗಿ 14 ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರ ಸಾವು/14 drown, 9 missing as boat capsizes in Andhra’s Krishna river

ವಿಜಯವಾಡ: ಆಂಧ್ರ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ನದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೋಟ್ ಮುಳುಗಿ 14 ಮಂದಿ ಜಲಸಮಾಧಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಕೃಷ್ಣಾ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ ಇಬ್ರಾಹಿಂ ಪಟ್ಟಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ದುರ್ಘಟನೆ ನಡೆದಿದೆ. 35 ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರಿದ್ದ ಬೋಟ್ ಭವಾನಿ ಐಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ನಿಂದ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಸಂಗಮಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ಮುಳುಗಿದ್ದು 14 ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರು ಜಲಸಮಾಧಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದು ಅವರ ಮೃತದೇಹಗಳನ್ನು ವಶಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಡಿಜಿಪಿ ಸಾಂಭ ಶಿವ ರಾವ್ ಅವರು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಬೋಟ್ ದುರಂತದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ ಪೊಲೀಸರು, ಅಗ್ನಿಶಾಮಕ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿಯಿಂದ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿದ್ದು 20 ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇನ್ನು ಹಲವು ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರು ನಾಪತ್ತೆಯಾಗಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆ ಮೃತರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆ ಇದೆ.

An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday evening, resulting in the death of 14 tourists while nine others are missing, the police said.

Fifteen people were rescued by local fishermen.

The deceased included six women and four children. 

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run.

National Disaster Response Force teams and Krishna district authorities have launched a massive search and rescue operation to trace the missing people.

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.

The incident occurred when the boat set off for Pavitra Sangamam at Ferry village near Vijayawada from Bhavani Island, the police said.

“The boat was overloaded with 38 people and most of them were not provided life jackets. It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed,” an assistant commissioner of police said.

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.

Local fishermen at Ferry swung into action immediately and rescued 15 passengers.

Later, 14 bodies were fished out of the river.

Two teams each comprising 30 National Disaster Rescue Force personnel, a 45-member team of the State Disaster Rescue Force and 60 members of the Disaster Response and Fire Services Department have been roped into the rescue operation.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa, Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the incident.

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