Rescuers recover 4 bodies from capsized Indian ferry

In this image made from video provided by K.K.Productions, rescuers on rafts search in the Godavari River after a ferry capsized in heavy winds Tuesday in Devipatnam, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Anywhere from 10 to 40 people are reported missing. (K.K.Productions via AP)

Rescuers have recovered four bodies from a river ferry which capsized in heavy winds in rural south India, leaving up to 40 people still missing and feared dead

HYDERABAD, India — Rescuers on Wednesday recovered four bodies from a river ferry which capsized in heavy winds in rural south India, leaving up to 40 people still missing and feared dead, an official said.

District administrator Karhikeya Mishra said the ferry was salvaged from a depth of 60 feet (18 meters) in the Godavari River in a joint operation by the navy and National Disaster Relief Force.

A large number of people, including relatives of those missing, stood on the sandy beach watching the rescue operation.

About 20 people swam to safety after the ferry capsized Tuesday evening, but an estimated 10-40 others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remain unaccounted for.

Fishermen raced to the scene to help, and officials deployed police and other rescuers. But the search for survivors was slowed by poor communications in the area and the fall of darkness.

On Wednesday, more than a dozen boats searched for bodies. The river is more than a kilometer (1/2 mile) wide in the area.

A navy helicopter joined the search operation, and heavy cranes were used to pull the ferry to the river bank.

Proper record-keeping is rare on the many ferries that work the Godavari, making it difficult to know how many people were on the boat.

Ferry disasters occur frequently in India, often because of overcrowding or poor maintenance. In November, a ferry capsized elsewhere in Andhra Pradesh state, leaving at least 19 people dead.

The exact cause of Tuesday's accident was unclear. There were no reports of overcrowding and the ferry captain reported quickly to local police to give a statement.

You may also like these

China's electric vehicle industry shaken by...

Sep 13, 2016

China's electric vehicle industry, a flagship for Beijing's technology ambitions, has been rocked...

China says some factories have violated anti-smog...

Jan 3, 2017

China's environmental ministry says an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant...

China auto market has bumper year but 2017...

Jan 12, 2017

Industry figures show China's auto market had a bumper year in 2016 as sales grew by 15 percent,...

'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells...

Jan 16, 2017

Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry says the country's "one-China...

IMF raises China growth forecast but warns on debt

Jan 16, 2017

The International Monetary Fund has raised its growth forecast for China but warned that rising...

Sign up now!

The Financial Capital is your independent source for finance information and advice. We provide insights and offer advice from financial experts so you can make the best decisions.

Contact us: sales[at]thefinancialcapital.com