13 of a family killed, 4 persons missing in Andhra Pradesh boat capsize
The accident took place in Yerra Timmaraju Cheruvu, a tank at Guntakal in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.india Updated: Apr 28, 2017 22:50 IST
At least 13 people belonging to the same family drowned when the ferry on which they were travelling capsized in a water body in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening, police said. Four persons are still missing.
The incident took place in Yerra Timmaraju Cheruvu, a tank at Guntakal in Anantapur district.
Police said about 20 people from a neighbouring village had come to Guntakal to attend a family function at their relative Ramanna’s place.
They were returning to their village in a ferry after the function when the boat capsized in the tank that separates the two villages.
While two persons managed to swim to the shore, a person hailing from Guntakal jumped into the water to save the people, but could only save just an infant.
Of the remaining, 13 bodies, including that of four women and two children, were recovered with the help of swimmers. Four persons were still missing when reports last came in.
Police said the ferry might have capsized due to extra weight.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident. He directed district minister Paritala Sunitha to get in touch with the officials and oversee the rescue operations.
Naidu announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the victims.
District collector Veerapandian Ganesan and other senior officials rushed to the spot and are supervising the rescue operations.