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. All the occupants of the boat were members of the Kondareddi tribal community, The Indian Express reported.
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds. We are trying to salvage the boat, " Misra said.
It was learnt that driver of the 53-seater boat Khaja had surrendered himself in the Devipatnam police station immediately after the incident. The rescue operations are now on. She is in shock and undergoing treatment at Rajahmundry, " an official said. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada and Visakhapatnam had also been deployed.
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