Andhra Pradesh motor launch capsize: Navy steps in, rescue operations in full swing

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: May 16, 2018 10:38:55 am

Officials said that among the survivors is a 14-year-old girl, Sirisha, who jumped out of the launch as it capsized and hung on to a brand new fridge which someone had purchased and had loaded it on the launch. (Representational image)

Divers from Indian Navy from Visakhapatnam joined efforts by East Godavari district officials on Wednesday morning to trace several people who were missing after a motor launch capsized in river Godavari last evening.

Officials have been deputed to the tribal hamlets along the river to find out if anyone is missing. Several persons are reported missing after the launch capsized during high speed winds and rain Tuesday evening. The launch was carrying at least 40 tribals returning from a weekly market and capsized in between Devipatnam and Varapalli areas in East Godavari district.

At least 20 persons swam ashore. The tribals, all belonging to the kondareddi community, had taken the same launch from Manchur tribal hamlet near Polavaram to go to the Varapalli weekly fair market. Officials at Rampachodavaram Police Station said that the tribals were returning in the same launch which they went in the morning.

East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that…

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