The rescue teams have finally located the capsized launch. The teams located the launch 60 feet down. They are trying to lift the launch with the help of heavy duty cranes.
The rescue teams fear that several bodies are still trapped inside the launch. East Godavari district collector Karthikeya is personally monitoring the rescue and relief works. They fear that at least 40 passengers, most of them inside the launch because of the rain, hail storms, have closed all windows and doors.
This may have trapped him. Souces say that the over enthusiasm of the oarman to prevent the wetting of cement bags stored on the boat. Most of the passengers from Rampachodavaram and Devipatnam and were returning from a market.