Boat Tragedy in AP: 13 Dead
As many as 13 persons including 5 children and 7 women, were drowned in the irrigation tank YT Cheruvu in Guntakal mandal of Andhra Pradesh on Friday after the fishing boat they were travelling in capsized.
As per police reports, the people aboard the boat were returning from a function in the nearby village. 18 persons, including women and children, boarded a fishing boat, which had a capacity of carrying only 7-8 persons. After moving forward for about 10 metres, the overloaded boat tragically capsized. Although those on board were expert swimmers, they got stuck in the silt and mud in the tank and drowned.
Rescue teams teams managed to rescue a 3-year-old girl and four others. The dead bodies of the remaining 13 were retrieved from the tank. The victims were residents of Guntakal, Rajapuram, Gandhinagar and YT Cheruvu.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed deep shock at the tragic mishap.