Rescue teams that toiled for hours, to first trace the sunken boat and later to pull it ashore, have so far recovered 12 bodies, including that of two children, officials said. "Our party followers too should support the people when such incidents take place" said Pawan Kalyan.
About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for. 16 people were rescued by NDRF and local authorities.
"Though heavy gales played a role in the mishap, the boat owner and his staff are allegedly at fault as they failed to rescue the passengers when the launch was sinking", Mr Naidu said.
"The river is very narrow now and not very deep, so if the boat had a problem the boat driver can reach the river bank within five minutes".
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Eight people drowned after their boat capsized late Sunday during a storm in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
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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.
Being the weekly shandy day, the boat was over crowded with the tribals buying their household needs at Devipatnam and returning to their habitations situated along the down stream of the river. Condolences to the bereaved families.
Divers failed in trying to locate the boat on Tuesday night due to the bad weather and darkness. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.