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Blame it on selfie mania? Dahanu disaster

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As per prima facie findings, the mishap seems to have happened when some of the teenagers climbed onto the roof of the trawler ‘Dahanu King’ — to click selfies. “However, when all of them came on one side, the boat lost balance, tilted and capsized,” said one of the rescued students .

Bhayandar : A joy ride in sea during an outing turned tragic for a group of teen students of KL Ponda High School and Junior College, when three of their female classmates lost their lives after the boat they were travelling in capsized off the Dahanu coast in Palghar district on Saturday.

As per prima facie findings, the mishap seems to have happened when some of the teenagers climbed onto the roof of the trawler boat ‘Dahanu King’ to click selfies. “However, when all of them came on one side, the boat lost balance, tilted and capsized,” said one of the rescued students.


“After learning about the mishap, our entire group immediately reached the spot and assisted the authorities in rescue operations,” said members of the local Dahanu Machimar Society.

“It is a very tragic incident, fortunately it was low tide period and the boat had also not gone very far, else the casualties could have been higher. Since it was a weekend the children may have planned a joy ride,” said a Coast Guard officer.

“We are thankful to the almighty that our daughter was rescued, at the same time our heart cries for the parents who have lost their children in the mishap.” said Ashok Ghodi, a parent from Patelpada.

The boat driver identified as Mahendra Ganpat Ambire (50) is alleged to have been the first person to jump from the sinking vessel and swim to safety.

It has been alleged that boat owners were involved in an illegal business of  luring tourists to take joy rides and that too without any safety measures in case of such emergency situations.