Godavari boat tragedy: Indian Navy helicopter finds no bodies or debris

Published: Sep 16, 2019, 16:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 10 lakh gratia for the bereaved families

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An Indian Navy helicopter on Monday completed a search mission and found no survivors or bodies. They did not spot any debris of the boat also.

"A UH 3H helicopter took off from Rajmundary Airport at 7.30 am. It carried out multiple searches from the accident site at Devipatnam to Pollavaram for 3 hours and 15 minutes. No survivors or bodies were sighted as well as no debris of the boat was sighted. UH-3H landed back at 1100 hrs," the Indian Navy said.

"Chetak helicopter has now taken off for next search," it added.

In an unfortunate incident, a boat capsized in the Godavari river near Devipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the State Disaster Management Authority said. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 10 lakh gratia for the bereaved families.

Reddy had directed the NDRF, Navy and ONGC helicopters to carry out rescue operations on war-footing.

(with inputs from ANI)

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