Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Tourist boat catches fire on Godavari, passengers safe

Tourist boat catches fire on Godavari, passengers safe

Some of the tourists were injured as they jumped to safety after the driver brought the boat to the shore.

Over 80 tourists on a river cruise had a miraculous escape after fire broke out in the boat they were travelling en route to a tourist spot in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh today, police said. The double-decker boat, belonging to Royal Godavari tours, was ferrying the passengers to the scenic Papikondalu Hills.

A tourist boat that left from Polavaram to Papikondalu caught fire on Friday morning due to a short circuit in the engine.

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"We were told that there was a gas leak in the boat's kitchen when tea was being prepared". Showing presence of mind, the driver wheeled the boat towards the shore.

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Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu spoke with the East Godavari district collector and directed the officials to shift the passengers to safer locations and provide all needed help to them. The incident took place near Veeravarapulanka and the locals rescued all the passengers from the boat. "However, an investigation has been ordered by the government".

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