The launch was carrying about 40 passengers including tribals and a marriage party.
Rajahmundry: Nearly 30 passengers were feared drowned in the Godavari when their launch capsized in a strong gale on the East and West Godavari district border on Tuesday, according to The Deccan Chronicle.
The incident occurred between Vadapalli and Manturu villages at about 4.30 pm. The launch was carrying about 40 passengers including tribals and a marriage party.
As the launch was nearing Manturu, there was strong gale and the passengers shut the windows. A preliminary inquiry said this resulted in the wind pushing over the launch. The launch initially tilted to one side.