11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

Five bodies were later recovered from under the boat.

The incident occurred while the ferry was going from Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, on the Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The NDRF said three teams of it are now performing operation. All of them belonged to Ongole Walkers' Club. Search and rescue operation is still on. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety. Efforts were on to find the remaining seven passengers, the police said, adding that none of the passengers was wearing life jacket.

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The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.

The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people. Local media reports suggested the boat was overloaded with passengers and the buoyancy of water changed leading to the disaster. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

"Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them.

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Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the tragedy. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.

The incident took place at Ibahimpatnam mandal in Krishna district.

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