National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.
Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported.
An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada this evening, resulting in the death of 16 tourists while seven others are missing, the police said.
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According to initial reports, the boat belonging to Simple Water Sports, a private agency, was ferrying tourists from Bhavani Island - a popular tourist spot - to Pavitra Sangamam, where the Godavari joins the Krishna on the outskirts of Vijayawada.
At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said.
Tourism Minister Akhila Priya ordered probe into the incident.
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The rescue operations were underway and senior officials rushed to the spot. Bodies of the people who drowned were taken out from the river.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.
One of the deceased was identified as Prabhakar Reddy, a former president of the BJP Prakasam district unit.
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