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14 killed, 9 missing in Andhra boat tragedy

13 November 2017

Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing. They said that the passengers were stuck beneath the boat and despite having the life jackets they were struggling to come out.

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The injured in the boat capsize incident, in which 16 people died, were brought to Andhra hospital in Vijayawada on Monday. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety.

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National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset. Most of the victims are believed to be from Ongole and Nellore. "Rescue operations are on to know the whereabouts of missing persons", deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa, who holds home portfolio, told reporters late evening. Some of the deceased were identified as J Prakash Reddy, P Sitaramaiah, V Koti Reddy, Venkateswarulu, Koteswara Raju, Kusuma and Lalitha, K Rama, P Anamma, and Narayana Raju.

14 killed, 9 missing in Andhra boat tragedy