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4 children die as boat collapses off the Mumbai coast

4 children die as boat collapses off the Mumbai coast

Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman have been launched as part of the rescue operations. The search for remaining missing students is ongoing.

A boat ferrying around 40 school children capsized at Dahanu Parnaka beach on Saturday morning around 11.30 am.

'All our local officers and staff are on the spot.

Dahanu is a coastal town and a municipal council in Palghar district of Maharashtra state in Konkan division. The police have confirmed the death of four out of 40.

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Local authorities are now carrying out search and rescue operations.

The Coast Guard has diverted ships which were at sea.

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. The boat was two nautical miles away from the shore when the incident happened. Also, the students are not provided with the proper safety precautions such as life jackets and other types of equipment.


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