Passenger boat capsizes in the Godavari, 25 missing

Officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force to the scene

In a shocking incident, a boat carrying as many as 30 passengers is reported to have capsized in river Godavari near Manturu of Devipatnam mandal in East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh.

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. 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. "It is about 100 metres away from the shore and at a depth of 50 feet". It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.

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The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said. "It seems that the driver said there was no reason to worry and continued with the journey". According to news agency ANI, rescue teams have reached the spot.

The district authorities reached the accident site along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to conduct rescue operations. There were no immediate reports of overcrowding and the ferry captain quickly reported to the local police station to give a statement.

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