Mahad bridge mishap: 2nd ill-fated bus located

The wreckage was found about 400 meters from the bridge

Mumbai: Naval divers on Saturday located the wreckage of the second state transport (Jaigad-Mumbai) bus that had fallen in the turbulent Savitri river after a bridge in Mahad collapsed on August 2. The wreckage of the first state transport bus was retrieved earlier on August 11.

“The naval divers discovered the wreckage earlier this morning and the wreckage was found about 400 meters from the bridge,” a defence spokesperson said. The wreckage was completely submerged in around 5 meters depth.

After the Navy divers located the bus, braving strong currents and crocodiles in the river, NDRF teams were summoned to retrieve it. The spokesperson added, “NDRF teams are currently extracting the wreckage and we expect the operation to end anytime soon.”

A specialised team of divers of the Indian Navy have been searching for the wreckage and survivors since August 4, braving high water current and crocodiles in the river. So far they have recovered 26 bodies and 14 persons are still missing and feared dead after two Maharashtra state transport buses and some cars fell in the river following the collapse of the colonial-era bridge.

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