Mahad bridge mishap: SUV found with 2 bodies; toll now 28

Mumbai: The joint operation of naval divers and NDRF team on Sunday extricated the wreckage of commercial SUV Tavera, with two bodies trapped inside, that went missing after the Britishera Mumbai-Goa bridge collapsed due to heavy downpour during predawn hours of Aug 03.

“The registration number of SUV Tavera is MH 04 GD 7837 in which two bodies, identified as Santosh Baze (38) and Duttaram Mirgal (61), were trapped,” said Sushma Satpute, Sub Divisional Officer (Mahad).

The seatbelt proved fatal for one of the passengers, travelling in the SUV vehicle, as one of the bodies trapped inside Tavera had put on his seatbelt.

“Baze was sitting just behind driving seat, and his had put on his seatbelt, whereas body of Mirgal was found sitting next to Baze,” Satpute told FPJ.

She further said that the bodies have been handed over to the relatives of deceased after conducting post mortem. Two state run buses and private vehicle plunged into a swollen Savitri river after the heavy downpour buffeted the Britishera Mumbai-Goa bridge during predawn hours of Aug 03.

“The wreckage of SUV Tavera was found 300 meters from the damaged bridge, in 4 to 5 meters of water,” said Defence PRO Cdr Rahul Sinha, adding, “The extraction was jointly done by Navy divers and NDRF.”

“All the vehicles were recovered within 400 metres of the bridge,” said Anupam Srivastava, who heads NDRF battalion in Pune.

Braving the strong current in crocodile hotbeds in Savitri river, the personnel of NDRF, Indian Navy, District Administration and local people have already recovered the wreckage of two state run buses that also plunged in the river in the major catastrophe.

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