"Boat carrying approx.35 people capsized at Krishna River, Ferry Ghats, Krishna district AP".
The incident occurred around 5.45 PM when a private tourism boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village, the official said.
Members of the Ongole Walkers Club had travelled to old Amaravati to take an auspicious Karthika dip in the Krishna River and perform pujas at the ancient Amareswara Temple. In the evening, they chose to go to Pavitra Sangamam. However, locals allege that many boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their sanctioned capacity.
According to local media reports, there were an estimated 30 to 40 tourists on board at the time of the incident, and nearly all of them were members of the Ongole Walkers Club.
The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run.
Fifteen people were rescued by local fishermen.
The National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operation, which was hampered due to the darkness after sunset. Eleven people have been rescued, and the whereabouts of the others is not known. They were able to save 17 persons. "Rescue operations are on to know the whereabouts of missing persons", deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa, who holds home portfolio, told reporters late evening.
The bodies of Ch Parvathi, Prasad Kumar Reddy, Bindu Sree, Anjamma, Sujatha, Venkateswarlu and Dr Seetaramaiah have been identified.