They ventured into the Gundlakamma for fishing unaware of the depth of water
ONGOLE: Five persons of a family were feared drowned while crossing the Gundlakamma rivulet on foot, near Inamanamelluru village, 10 km from here on Thursday afternoon.
The family lived in abject poverty on the road margins near the court centre here and eked out a livelihood by fishing in the Gundlakamma. The victims – Pamula Srinivas (25) his wife, Chenchamma and two sons – Ramana (7) and Subramanyam (5) – and his sister – Savitramma (23) – set out for Inamanamelluru for fishing today. The aged parents of Srinivas had already reached the village.
The five ventured into the river at a place unaware of its depth.
They were washed away due to strong current even as the old parents watched them from the northern bank.
When the parents raised an alarm, villagers rushed to their rescue but in vain. Revenue and police officials reached the place and pressed into service expert swimmers to trace the bodies.
Superintendent of Police V. Navinchand, said the victims visited the place for the first time and were not aware of the depth.
He said locals avoid crossing the river at the particular place.
As the villagers fear that the bodies might have been caught in the bushes downstream, district officials were making arrangements to continue search operations even in the night to trace the bodies of the victims.
3 killed in accident
In another accident that occurred few kilometres away, a tractor collided with a private bus near Maddiralapadu on the Ongole-Chirala road in which three persons were killed and ten others were injured.