Mahad bridge collapse: Indian Navy locates another car with bodies trapped inside
Indian Navy divers on Sunday recovered two more bodies from Savitri river in Raigad district after a British-era bridge in Mahad collapsed due to floods.
Raigad: Indian Navy divers on Sunday recovered two more bodies from Savitri river in Raigad district after a British-era bridge in Mahad collapsed due to floods.
As per the report, a Tavera SUV was also located inside the river with several bodies found to be stuck inside it.
"There is a likelihood of several bodies still trapped in a mangled car inside the river. They will recovered once the car is pulled out of the river," Indian Navy officials said.
Navy officials said that they have informed the administrative and NDRF officials about their findings.
The bridge collapse had also resulted in at least another four-five private vehicles apart from two State Transport buses being washed away in the river, claiming an estimated 42 lives.
Billed as one of the worst road tragedies in the state on the seven-decade-old British-era bridge, rescuers have managed to recover only 26 bodies so far, some were found washed away over 100 km in the Arabian Sea, officials said.
A mega search operation on land, river, creek and in the Arabian Sea was launched with the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, NDRF, Maharashtra Police and local fire-brigade, private adventure clubs and even the fisherfolk to trace out the victims of the multiple vehicles tragedy.
A Maharashtra government official said at least 42 people are missing. Since the operations began, 26 bodies have been retrieved.
The search teams have not ruled out the possibility of other bodies being trapped in the submerged vehicles.