At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

At least 14 people died after a boat capsized in a river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, a police officer said. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

The incident occurred around 5.45 PM when a private tourism boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village, the official said.

He straight away rammed his speeding boat into the silt and capsized the vehicle where few members fell outside and several got stuck under the boat and the silt, thus rendering life jackets useless.

The administration was investigating what caused the incident, he said.

The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

The deputy chief minister rushed to the accident spot to oversee the rescue operations and has directed police to rush additional force to help locate the missing persons. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island.

When contacted, a Simple Water Sports representative claimed that they hadn't overcrowded the boat and there were only 20 passengers on the boat.

NDRF top official Love Kumar and others also supervised the search operation.

  • Tracy Klein