Mumbai : A picnic turned into tragedy for 40 students of KL Ponda High School at Dahanu, Palghar. A boat ferrying them capsized in the morning at 11.30 am on Saturday at Dahanu Parnaka Beach, killing three students, who drowned. The police and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) helped rescue 32 students and two teachers. The Indian Coast Guard and Palghar Police are involved in the rescue operations which were underway till late evening.
The bodies of three students were found by early evening and were identified to be Sonal Bhagwan Surati, Janhawi Harish Surati and Sanskriti Mayavanshi. All of them are residents of Masauli Ambedkar Nagar and are below 17 years of age.
Students who were rescued were taken to Dahanu Government Hospital for treatment. All were Std. XI and XII students and stayed in hamlets in and around Dahanu. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Palghar Police is still trying to find the students who are missing. The ICG in a statement published said, “Search and rescue operations are going on. We are trying to find more information from operations.”
The ICG deployed two boats of Dahanu and one helicopter from Daman and the team of Palghar police deployed its staff for the rescue operation. The Superintendent of Police, Palghar said, “32 students have been rescued in the incident where a boat carrying around 40 students capsized at Dahanu Parnaka Beach. The remaining are still missing. Search operations are on. All our local officers and staff are on the spot. Rescue teams from other departments are also there.”
Teams including Palghar police, ICG and coastal police are involved in the search operations. The President of India tweeted stating, “Anguished to hear of boat carrying school children capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra. State government has rescued most of the passengers and is making efforts to trace those still missing. My condolences to bereaved families.”
The location was identified to be two nautical miles away from the seashore at Dahanu.
Two persons Mahendra Ambhire and Parth Ambhire have been arrested under Section 304 A of IPC for death caused due to negligence.