Sources from Devipatnam stated that Royal Vasishta tourist boat, which sank in the godavari river at Kachuluru Mandal, near Devipatnam at East Godavari District, was finally retrieved from the river by the Dharmadi Satyam team on Monday evening. Meanwhile despite many hurdles the boat was retrieved, in what can be termed as one of the biggest recovery operations in the country.
Reportedly the 28 member Dharmadi Satyam team succeeded in this operation after 38 days of hard work, bad weather, rains and other technical difficulties, which plagued the rescue operations. Previously two teams had tried to retrieve the boat but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Balaji Marines then took over the operations and helped retrieve the boat and apparently the Royal Vasishta tourist boat capsized on the fateful day of September 15th after it hit a whirlpool and sank immediately.
Perhaps the boat was brought to the water by Balaji Marines and the Dharmadi Satyam Team with the help of the Andhra Pradesh government, NDRF, SDR, marine deep sea divers, and the local Police with special mention to SI Nagaraju. Moreover Dharmadi Satyam and his team said that though they were happy to retrieve the boat, it was unfortunate that many lives were lost due to this accident and hoped that no such incidents occur in future. Apparently the firm used the services of expert swimmers, boats, rafts, 1,500 metres of iron cable and hooks to salvage the boat.