4 children die as boat collapses off the Mumbai coast

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

A boat with 40 school children on board capsized in the coastal town of Dahanu in Maharashtra. "Rescue teams from other departments are also there", Superintendent of Police, Palghar quoted to The Indian Express. Dahanu is about 100 kilometres away from the Mumbai city where the incident took place. All our local officers and staff are on the spot.

Boat with 40 school children on board capsizes in Maharashtra's Dahanu, 4 dead

"The death toll may go up later in the day as some four children are still feared missing", a police official said. The school is said to be KL Ponda high school from Dahanu.

According to eyewitness accounts, the tragedy was apparently triggered when some students reportedly crowded on one side of the boat to click selfies, resulting in the loss of balance as the vessel capsized.

Local authorities are now carrying out search and rescue operations.

The location is around 20 miles off the Dahanu Coast, a spokesperson of Coast Guard said. The boat capsized in Arabian sea and Coast Guard is assisting in rescue operations. According to eye witnesses, the boat was overcrowded and the students were not wearing life jackets.

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