Tandava boat mishap: Searches on to trace 10 missing persons

Last Updated: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 15:36

Visakhapatnam: A team of expert
divers from Navy on Monday launched extensive search operations to
trace 10 missing persons, a day after a country-made boat
capsized in Tandava reservoir in Andhra Pradesh.

The mishap occurred when 14 villagers of Ammapeta in
Golugonda mandal in Visakhapatnam district were returning in a
country-made boat, after worshipping a local deity on a
hillock.

The seven-member team launched searches in the
reservoir this morning for the missing persons, mostly
children aged between 10-12, with the help of villagers,
Visakhapatnam Rural SP Vineet Brijlal, who is supervising the
operation, told a news agency.

Bodies of two girls, who drowned in the boat tragedy
have been retrieved from the reservoir while searches are on
for 10 others, who are feared to be drowned, he said adding
two persons swam to safety yesterday.

As the boat was passing through the Tandava reservoir,
one of the passengers saw a snake in the boat which led to
panic among others and all of them went on one side of the
boat, following which it capsized, the SP said quoting one
of the survivors.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 15:36

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