14 drown as boat capsizes in Krishna river

At least 14 people died after a boat capsized in a river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, a police officer said.

Ferry staff stated that it was the first time that the boat belonging to a two-month old company called "River Boating" was coming to the area from Bhavani Island and the driver did not know about the silt existing in that part of the river. According to an eyewitness, the accident occurred when all the tourists got together on one side, causing the boat to tilt.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

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Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 16 bodies so far in the tragic incident.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, deputy CM (home) N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others expressed grief over the incident.

Police said the ferry riders were not wearing life jackets, The Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.

NDRF top official Love Kumar and others also supervised the search operation.

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