Boat retrieval operation begins

Rajahmundry: The Kakinada-based Balaji Marines has started the process of retrieving the Royal Vashistha boat, which capsized in the Godavari river at Kachuluru on September 15. The district machinery has imposed Section 144 in the area to keep others out of the accident zone and maintain safety measures for the boat retrieval operation.
About 25 fishermen and experts are part of the team involved in the rescue operation headed by Dharmadi Satyam. Cranes, a proclainer, punt, wire rope, anchors, Leyland ropes and 10 jockeys are being used for the operation.
Rescue team head Satyam clarified that several attempts would be made to retrieve the boat as it was trapped in sand, adding that a boat and a punt would be stationed at the point where the Royal Vashistha had capsized. A crane and a proclainer will be placed on the riverbank at a distance of 700 feet from the accident site. Anchors will be lowered into the river from the punt and the boat. Once the anchor latches onto the boat, the rope will be linked to the crane and the boat will be pulled to the bank.
Speaking on the retrival operation underway, East Godavari superintendent of police (SP) Adnan Nayeem Asmi said that the search party has yet to come across any traces of the capsized boat. He added that outsiders are not being allowed near the site given the risks involved in the operation.
Fifteen days after the ill-fated boat capsized, 15 bodies still remain to be traced.

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