In a tragic incident, at least four children were killed after a boat carrying 40 school students capsized near Dahanu. The mishap took place two nautical miles from the Dahanu seashore.
The students from KL Ponda High School were on a boating trip when their boat capsized mid-sea around 11:30 am. Locals alerted authorities about the incident, following which coast guard and other emergency services were pressed into service.
As of 1:20 pm, fishermen have found four bodies at the shore, while the Coast Guard has managed to rescue around 25 other students. The search for the remaining students is currently underway.
Other ships at sea have been temporarily diverted and Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman have been roped in to aid rescue efforts.
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“Coast Guard has diverted ships which were at sea and ships are also sailing from Mumbai. Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near to Dahanu) have also been launched,” said Coast Guard PRO.
Further details about the incident are awaited.
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#Maharashtra: 4 dead, 25 rescued out of the 40 students who were on board boat that capsized 2 nautical miles from the sea shore in Dahanu. Rescue operations continue.
— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2018