The deputy chief minister rushed to the accident spot to oversee the rescue operations and has directed police to rush additional force to help locate the missing persons. Locals rescued 15 people. They said that the passengers were stuck beneath the boat and despite having the life jackets they were struggling to come out.
"Till the last person is found the operation will go on without any break", Mr. Sawang said.
A total of 38 passengers and three crew members were on-board the vessel, which was operated by a private company and traveling along the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday.
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Two teams each comprising 30 NDRF personnel, a 45-member team of the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and 60 members of the Disaster Response and Fire Services Department have been roped into the rescue operation.
District Collector B. Lakshmikantham said strict action would be taken against the persons responsible for the mishap.
The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat.
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"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and majority were not provided life jackets".
Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.
The bodies were shifted to the government general hospital for post-mortem.
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is in Kerala now, held a teleconference with the ministers and officials from the accident site itself.