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1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern India

1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern Indiaā€¯

At least three persons were killed and 20 others missing as a tourist boat capsized in Krishna river near this city in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported. They immediately jumped into the water and swam towards it. They said the boat appeared to have hit a sand bar. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons.

"The boat carrying 30 passengers capsized in the river late this evening".

According to police, 30 people, who were on picnic party on the occasion Karthika Masam, hired a boat operated by a private company.

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The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are undertaking search and rescue operations.

The tourism department of Andhra Pradesh had given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly.

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.



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