The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat. There were 38 tourists on a boat belonging to a private operator. Locals rescued 15 people. All these people are tourists from Ongole who came to watch Pavitra harathi in Vijayawada when the boat capsized.
Those who survived alleged that even life jackets were not provided by the private boat operator. All those are walkers association in Ongole who are aged over 50 years. The private boat hit a sand accumulated there.
National Disaster Response Force personnel team launched rescue operations. 14 bodies were recovered from the river while the search was on for others.