Amaravathi: "We 14 in a group came from Warangal to visit Papikondalu, and now we can only see five members, and the rest of the members are still missing. Many tourists in the boat started jumping from the boat when the boat started tilting to one side and overturned completely", said one of rescued tourist from Warangal.
"At least 20 of us tried to reach on the top of the boat as one part of the boat was a standstill in a similar position for some time. However, all of us fell into the water as the boat tilted in the water completely. Immediately rescue boat came otherwise we wouldn't have been saved. There were more than 60 tourists and about 20 crew members in the boat", he added.
Several tourists travelling in the boat were native of Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad. About 14 passengers were from Warangal district in Telangana among which only five are rescued, and nine are still missing according to a rescued passenger.
Tourists died in the mishap were identified as B Dasaradham(50) , B Venkatesham(62) , S Ventakayya(32), B Prasad(21), B Avinash(29), D Suresh(28), Sunil(35), A Yaadigiri(40), G Rajender(33), K Rajkumar (37), K Ravi(40), G Prabhakar (38) B Dasaraju(42), B Rajender (62).
The boat which was carrying 61 passengers capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 13 people have been killed in the boat tragedy in Devipatnam.
The tourists were travelling to Papikondalu hills near the Godavari river. The accident occurred near Kacchuluru village in Devipatnam Mandal of the East Godavari district.
Andhra Pradesh tourism minister Avanti Srinivas told media that boat Royal Vashishta did not have necessary permission from the tourism minister.
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the boat tragedy that occurred near Papikondalu in East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh State. The CM has conveyed his deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved families. CM KCR has instructed officials concerned to take the necessary action as
there were people from Telangana among those dead.
Taking it to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock over the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari. He said his thoughts are with the bereaved families.