Mumbai : A boat carrying some senior state government officials, political leaders, workers and journalists overturned after colliding with rocks in the Arabian Sea around 4.15 pm on Wednesday, Coast Guard (CG) officials said yesterday, adding that the boat capsize incident happened after another boat carrying Chief Secretary D K Jain had reached the venue. Of the 22 on board, all were rescued and brought ashore, barring one – a worker of Shiv Sena Sangram party, Siddhesh Pawar.
Mumbai Boat Capsize Incident
The Mumbai born 26 year old had got married just four months ago and didn’t know how to swim, said officials. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called the boat capsize incident tragic and assured a thorough probe.
The boat – Manas 3 – that belongs to the state government hit rocks en route to the site of the proposed Shivaji memorial, where work has to begin yesterday. The event was cancelled and several agencies – fire brigade, police, CG, Navy, 108 ambulance – mobilized. The CG immediately launched an air cushion vehicle (a helicopter), which reached the spot in 15 minutes, while the police launched their boats, which towed the boat to land.
Boat capsize incident in Mumbai claims one life
Eyewitness at the spot said had the rescue boats had not arrived fast, everyone would have drowned. Vinayak Mete of Shiv Sangram party said, “The boat was on its way to the proposed memorial site when it crashed into something.” State education minister Vinod Tawde said, “An investigation will be conducted into the cause.”