Godavari boat capsize: 14 bodies pulled out from locked cabin, number of missing unknown

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: May 16, 2018 5:44:50 pm

In this image made from video provided by K K Productions, rescuers on rafts search in the Godavari River after a boat capsized in heavy winds on Tuesday in Devipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. (Source: K.K.Productions via AP)

Indian Navy divers, NDRF and Fire and Emergency Services teams pulled out 14 bodies from the motor launch that capsized on river Godavari Tuesday evening. The launch, which was found at a depth of 60 feet and around 100 metres away from the shore near Varapalli tribal hamlet, was salvaged with help of boats and a crane.

Officials at Devipatnam Police Station said bodies of eight women, four children and two men were recovered from the cabin of the launch that sank between Devipatnam and Varapalli areas in East Godavari district during a squall Tuesday evening. At least 40 persons, all Kondareddy tribals from the hamlets along the river, were on board when the launch capsized while trying to turn towards the bank at Varapalli. The people were returning from a weekly market.

“The bodies were found in the cabin where they had taken shelter from the rain and high-speed winds when the storm hit Tuesday afternoon. They had locked the windows and door to escape the rain and had no…

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