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At least three school students died after a boat capsized near Parnaka beach off the coast of Dahanu in Mumbai on Saturday morning. The boat was carrying 40 students. So far, 32 students have been rescued and search operations for the remaining are underway. Dahanu is over 100 kilometres from the city.
Three girls drowned and five were missing after a private boat with 40 students, who were on a school picnic, capsized this morning off the coast of Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra.
Police said that 32 students had been rescued and a search for the missing ones was continuing with Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen out at sea.
The bodies of the three girls- Sonal Bhagwan Surati, Janhavi Harish Surati and Sanskruti Mayavanshi — all aged 17, were recovered, Superintendent of Police, Palghar, Manjunath Singe told media.
All three were residents of Masauli in Dahanu’s Ambedkar Nagar area.
The private boat was carrying 40 students of Ponda School and Junior College in Parnaka in Dahanu and capsized around 11.30 am, Singe said.
The students were on a picnic.
“The Coast Guard has deployed its ships and aircraft in the rescue operation and personnel from several departments like the coastal police are involved in the search operations,” the SP said.
The location is around 20 miles off the Dahanu coast, a spokesperson of the Coast Guard said. Dahanu is located around 130 km from Mumbai.
Among the rescued, three students and the boat driver were admitted to a hospital, the police said.
The school authorities and boat operator are responsible for this tragedy. had they worn life jackets, they would have been saved. Riddhi
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the incident. He tweeted, “Anguished to hear of boat carrying schoolchildren capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra. The State government has rescued most of the passengers and is making efforts to trace those still missing. My condolences to the bereaved families.”
“There was an incident of boat capsize at Dahanu Parnaka Beach. A boat carrying around 40 students capsized at 11.30 am. So far 32 students are rescued. Remaining are still missing. Search operation is going on. All our local officers and staff are on the spot. Rescue teams from other departments are also there,” Superintendent of Police, Palghar said.
The deceased were identified as Sonal Bhagwan Surati, Janhawi Harish Surati and Sanskriti Mayavanshi. Both, 17 years old, were residents of Masauli Ambedkarnagar, students of Ponda college.
Inspector General of Police Naval Bajaj said the remaining are still missing. The Indian Coast Guard has deployed ships to the site to conduct search and rescue operations.
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