12 dead in AP boat mishap; search on for 10 missing

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There were 20 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety. On Wednesday, teams of Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) brought a JCB from the nearby Polavaram project site but could not pull out the wreckage of the boat from the river.

"As per the information we gathered from the witnesses, more than 30 persons are still missing", he told TV channels.

Ferry disasters occur frequently in India, often because of overcrowded boats or poor maintenance. The actor turned politician has been touring in Settipally village and he responded on the boat tragedy that took place last evening in East Godavari.

The cause of the Tuesday accident was not clear. The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck. When the boat was caught in gusty winds and rains, those onboard closed the windows. When the launch tilted, those sitting on the upper deck jumped into the river and were rescued by locals.

Eight people drowned after their boat capsized on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter. Condolences to the bereaved families.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa has inquired about the incident and instructed the concerned officials for search operations.

The boat belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident.

A team of divers, along with Dornier aircraft, have been sent to Rajahmundry to join rescue operations.