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Mumbai-Goa bridge collapse: Death toll rises to 4 on Day 2 of rescue ops

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 August 2016, 10:14 IST

Search and rescue operations to recover the missing persons and vehicles in the aftermath of the Mumbai-Goa highway collapse spilled on to the second consecutive day, as no traces of the vehicles that were plunged into the river Savitri on 3 August could be found.

One bus, with about 22 passengers, and several cars have been missing for over 24 hours now. The body of bus driver SS Kamle was found on 4 August at Dhapoli sea. The dead body of an unidentified woman was also found at Harihareshwar, bringing the confirmed death toll to four.

Two dead bodies were recovered during the search operations on 3 August, reported ANI.

Late on 2 August, the Mumbai-Goa connector bridge in Maharashtra's Raigad district, that was constructed in the British era, collapsed, bringing down several vehicles with it. The NDRF, with aid from the Coast Guard have been relentlessly combing the area in search of any trace of the vehicles that fell into the river.

The Indian Navy, along with 25 cadet divers, and the NDRF with a team of 50 rescuers have resumed search operations.

The NDRF team is equipped with a strong magnet weighing 300 kg to aid in under water search operations, in the hope of detecting metal debris.

The bridge being located at a distance of about 18 km from the Arabian Sea, it is being suspected that the remains of the vehicles have been swept into the sea.

First published: 4 August 2016, 10:14 IST