The boat overturned while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, where the Godavari meets the Krishna. Sources told New Indian Express that 15 people have been recovered so far while 10 others are still feared missing.
The administration was investigating what exactly caused the incident, but the initial probe found that the private boat operator did not have the necessary permission to ferry people, Lakshmikantham said.
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Moreover, the entry of heavy vehicles from other states make the roads in Delhi congested with an increase in pollution levels. Pollution levels are 30 times the World Health Organisation's recommended limit in some areas of the national capital.
Gowtham Sawang, the police commissioner of Vijayawada, and other officials rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation using high-power flashlights. We are in the process of identifying the victims. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets managed to swim to the shore safely with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen who immediately jumped into the waters.
National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were present in the boat when it overturned.
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The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people. Home minister N Chinna Rajappa announced at 8.30 pm that 16 dead bodies were retrieved till now. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.
Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available.
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Three other women, who were all in their teens at the time , told the paper that Moore made advances on them as well. Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle".