Mumbai: Rescue teams conducting search operations to retrieve missing persons and trace the wreckage of vehicles connected with the collapse of a colonial-era bridge in Mahad met with success on Sunday.
They recovered the mangled remains of a Chevrolet Tavera SUV that plunged into river Savitri on the night of August 2. Two bodies, which were trapped inside the vehicle when it drowned, were recovered as well, taking the death toll to 28. Fourteen more bodies are yet to be recovered, if going by the Maharashtra government’s own admission, which estimated, that a total of 42 persons have gone missing in the bridge collapse tragedy.
“Continuing the search on day 11, Indian Navy divers have located wreckage of a Tavera SUV. The vehicle bore the licence number MH04 GD 7837. Two bodies, both male, were also recovered along with the submerged debris,” said Commander Rahul Sinha, spokesman, Western Naval Command, adding that the wreckage was found 300 meters from the site of collapse, submerged under 4-5 metres of water.
“The extraction operation was carried out jointly by the Navy divers and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),” he informed. The operations, the biggest in scale in the Konkan region in recent times, is a joint effort of the jawans from the NDRF, the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard, who are greatly aided by the expertise of the local fishermen who often accompany the teams in their boats.