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Panaji Mayor falls in creek, rescued unhurt


Panaji: Corporation of City of Panaji’s Mayor Surendra Furtado today slipped off a vessel on which a weeding machine was mounted and fell in a creek. However, he was rescued unhurt.

The incident happened this morning when the mayor was demonstrating to mediapersons the use of weeding machine to clean St Inez Creek, a water body running criss-cross through the capital city.

The machine, mounted on the vessel, is used to cut the weed from the creek as a part of cleanliness drive undertaken by the CCP.

“Shortly after the mayor along with the officials ventured into the water, the vessel turned turtle throwing everyone in the murky water. There were seven people on it of whom four, including the mayor, fell,” an eyewitness said. The three others on the vessel pulled the others from the water to safety, he said.

The mayor later said, “It was a minor incident. There is nothing to worry, I was safely back on the vessel. I am not hurt. The incident happened just at the bank of the creek.”