Dozens missing after Indian ferry capsizes

Dozens missing after Indian ferry capsizes

They finally located the boat after more than five hours of search but pulling it out proved to be a daunting task, officials involved in the rescue operation said.

The NDRF and other rescue operation teams were successful in pulling the capsized boat out of the waters.

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Officials are still trying to ascertain the number of passengers who were in the boat though 16 including the driver and boat owner swam to safety, last evening.

"Because of the strong gale, the boat could not withstand pressure and sunk", he told reporters at the site of accident in East Godavari district.

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Emergency workers recovered 12 bodies from a river and were searching for another 10 missing people on Wednesday after a ferry capsized in southern India, officials said.

At least 40 people, mostly tribals, are feared drowned in Godavari river when a boat capsized during inclement weather in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district. When he tried to turn the boat, it tilted due to the winds and capsized, Misra said, according to The Indian Express. He also announced government job would be provided to an eligible person each from the families of the victims and a house would also be built for them. "Divers broke open the windows and a door to bring out the bodies". Officials informed him that the boat was also carrying cement bags and two-wheelers. The driver and boat owner have surrendered.

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation. East Godavari district Collector Kartikeya Misra, Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni and West Godavari SP Ravi Prakash are supervising the rescue operations.

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