Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Naval divers locate wreckage of second bus in Mahad tragedy

"It is assessed that the wreckage is recoverable. NDRF teams are being informed and a crane for recovery of the wreckage is being requested," spokesperson Commander Rahul Sinha said in a statement in Mumbai.

By: PTI | Mumbai |
August 13, 2016 1:42:33 pm
mahad tragedy, mahad bridge collapse, Mumbai-Goa Highway bridge, Mumbai Goa bridge, Mumbai Goa bridge collapse, india news On Thursday, wreckage of Rajapur-Borivali MSRTC bus was retrieved approximately 170 and 200 meters from the collapsed bridge. (Source: Indian Navy)

Naval divers today located wreckage of the second MSRTC bus which was washed away in the turbulent Savitri river near Mahad in Raigad district after a British-era bridge collapsed on August 2.

“Continuing search operations on Day 10 at Savitri River, the naval divers located one more wreckage assessed to be part of the second bus (Jaigad-Mumbai). Post recovery of first bus on August 11, search was continued downstream. The wreckage is 400 meters from the bridge in an area where strong currents are observed. The wreckage is completely submerged in around 5 meters depth,” a Defence spokesperson said.

“It is assessed that the wreckage is recoverable. NDRF teams are being informed and a crane for recovery of the wreckage is being requested,” spokesperson Commander Rahul Sinha said in a statement in Mumbai. On Thursday, wreckage of Rajapur-Borivali MSRTC bus was retrieved approximately 170 and 200 meters from the collapsed bridge.

After the Navy divers located the bus, braving strong currents and crocodiles in the river, NDRF teams were summoned to retrieve it. The Indian Navy team comprising personnel specialising in diving was searching for the wreckage and survivors since the morning of August 4, braving high water current and crocodile hotbeds in the river.

mahad tragedy, mahad bridge collapse, Mumbai-Goa Highway bridge, Mumbai Goa bridge, Mumbai Goa bridge collapse, india news After the Navy divers located the bus, braving strong currents and crocodiles in the river, NDRF teams were summoned to retrieve it. (Source: Indian Navy)

So far, 26 bodies have been recovered and nearly 14 are still missing and feared dead after two State Transport buses and some other vehicles fell in the swollen river following the bridge collapse on Mumbai-Goa Highway near Mahad in Raigad district, about 170 kms from Mumbai.

The bridge was to be dismantled last December as part of the Mumbai-Goa Highway expansion project. Meanwhile, anxious kin of the deceased who were camping at the rescue site have left the place. Sanjay Patil, Additional SP of Raigad police said, “The local MIDC Mahad police has registered a case of accidental deaths of 26 people whose bodies have been recovered while a missing case has been registered for those whose bodies have not been found so far.”

Start your day the best way
with the Express Morning Briefing

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
X