Boat capsizes in Vijayawada, 16 dead, 10 Missing

"So far, 16 bodies have been recovered from river".

However, a few passengers wearing life jackets managed to swim ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen. "For more than an hour, no one tried to pull the people stuck under the tourist boat", an eye-witness said. According to IANS, there were 38 tourists on the boat belonging to a private operator.

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

This incident comes after 22 people died after a boat capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat.

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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.

The NDRF teams anchored inflatable boats close to the capsized boat and lit the premises with portable inflatable emergency lighting system throughout the night.

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed DGP Sambasiva Rao and Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham to rush to the spot and monitor the rescue operations.