All of them belonged to Ongole Walkers' Club. According to an eyewitness, most of the tourists were standing on the right side, which resulted in the boat tilting.
According to the AP State Disaster Management Authority, there are two NDRF teams with 30 members each, 45 members of the State Disaster Rescue Force and 12 rescue boats now working on the rescue operation. He said an enquiry has been constituted. There were 41 tourists on board belonging to a private operator and returning from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangam, or holy confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers. About seven feet water is there in the river.
Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people.
An official said, the boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village.
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The incident took place when the boat was about to reach its destination.
According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered. Bad light is understood to have hampered the rescue operations. The AP tourism grants permission to boats for operations in the river.
Twenty of the roughly 35 people on the boat were rescued and the search operations were ongoing, India's National Disaster Response Force said on Twitter.
Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.