14 feared drowned in Andhra Pradesh boat mishap

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

At least 14 people were killed after a boat capsized in Krishna district's Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, ANI reported. Tourism Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena said the boat belonged to a private company, River Boat Adventures, which had permission to operate only two small boats - a 2-seater and a 4-seater.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered.

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The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons.

Deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa said authorities are in the process of identifying the victims and investigating the incident as rescue crews search for the missing passengers. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

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