Vijayawada, Sep 15 : As many as five bodies have been fished out from the ill-fated private launch which has capsized in the river Godavari at Kachhuluru in East Godavari district on Sunday.
The local fishermen searched for the bodies and have retrieved five bodies so far including two women. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke with the Collectors and Superintendents of Police of East and West Godavari Districts and reviewed the rescue operations.
Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita told media that she had received information that 27 tourists were rescued out of 61 people sailing in the ill-fated launch. Official sources said that 50 tourists and 11 crew were sailing in the ill-fated launch when it capsized. The sources said that they suspect the deaths will likely to be high.
Meanwhile, leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock and grief over the launch capsize. Janasena Party President K Pawan Kalyan expressed shock and grief over the incident and asked his cadre to rush to the place to take part in the rescue operations.(UNI)