Bridge collapse: Oceanography experts to help in rescue work

Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 15:27

Kota: As efforts resumed on Monday to trace
15 labourers still missing in the bridge collapse mishap here,
a team of experts from the Indian Institute of Oceanography
would visit the site to assist in underwater operations in
Chambal river.

"Presently, the rescue operation is being carried out
on surface at the site and all the 30 bodies were recovered
from the debris on the surface as underwater rescue operation
could not be successfully launched despite efforts by experts
from Gujarat and Navy," IG-Kota Range Rajeev Dasot said.

"The team of experts from Goa will arrive today here
to carry the under water rescue operation," he said.

"The river is about 110 feet deep near the site, and
its is quite possible that many of labourers drowned. Presence
of crocodiles in the river is another challenge that rescuers
would have to face," he said.

"Thirty dead bodies have been recovered till late last
night and around 15 persons are still missing," he said.

The 50-metre bridge collapsed on Thursday when about
50 labourers were at the scene.


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First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 15:27

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