Hyderabad, Sep 15: Five people were killed when a boat with 62 including crew members, capsized in the Godavari river near Devipatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday afternoon, officials said. Thirty three are still missing while 24 have been rescued after the incident, East Godavari Superintendent of Police, Adnan Nayeem Asmi said. Two NDRF teams, each with 30 members, were sent to the spot, according to relief and rehabilitation department authorities.
Most people on board the Royal Vashishta were tourists travelling to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot near Rajahmundry. A chopper has been pressed into service to locate the boat. The Godavari river has been in spate due to fresh floods for the last one week. Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is reviewing the situation. He has directed local ministers and MLAs to supervise rescue operations. Two boats of the AP Tourism Department have been sent to the spot.