The boat upturned when trying to manoeuvre to Pavitra Sangamam, Andhra Pradesh after leaving the ferry.
Guntur: 21 people sunk in the Krishna River after an overfull boat upturned near the Ibrahimpatnam Ferry in Krishna district on this Sunday.
The private boat was roving from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangamam at the time of the event.
Rendering to reports, the boat that had 38 people on board, upturned when trying to manoeuvre to Pavitra Sangamam after leaving the ferry.
People from Ongole Walkers Club had voyaged to old Amaravati to take a promising Karthika dip in the Krishna River and do pujas at the historical Amareswara Temple. They had journeyed to Bhavani Island by an AP Tourism Development Corporation boat. In the sundown, they thought to go to Pavitra Sangamam. They investigated with the APTDC concerning the availability of a boat but were stated that the boat service had been stopped because of poor light in the evening. The crowd then communicated Simple Water Sports and asked for a boat. The driver of the boat granted to take them to Pavithra Sangamam at a price of Rs 300 per head.
Driver supplied only 15 life jackets: Survivors
The survivors apparent that they had asked a driver for life jackets for everybody on board, but he had merely supplied them with 15 life jackets saying that they would not want them while travelling in a contemporary boat.
The boat commenced shaking while attempting to turn to Pavitra Sangamam after leaving the Ferry and consequently turned turtle, trapping the passengers below it.
Those people who had life jackets on were capable to escape with some assistance from local fishermen. A group of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ran to the spot and hurled a rescue operation.
60 members of the NDRF and 60 members of fire section with 12 boats partaken in the rescue operation. They were capable to save 17 persons.
The police commissioner of Vijayawada, Gowtham Sawang, and other officials moved to the spot and managed the rescue operation using high-power lights.
The bodies of Prasad Kumar Reddy, Ch Parvathi, Bindu Sree, Sujatha, Anjamma, Venkateswarlu and Dr Seetaramaiah have been recognized. The police department is trying to find the other victims.