Mumbai, Jan 13: Four school children died on Saturday as a boat with 40 of them on board capsized two nautical miles from the sea shore in Dahanu near Mumbai on Saturday. 32 others have been rescued. Rescue operations are underway. Overloading is said to be the cause of the mishap. (ALSO READ – Maharashtra: Four Wrestlers of Kranti Kushti Sankul Killed in Road Accident) Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Number of Cases Reaches 320, Toll 12

Coast guard PRO on rescue operations for boat capsize in Dahanu, while speaking to news agency ANI, said, “Coast Guard has diverted ships which were at sea and ships are also sailing from Mumbai. Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near to Dahanu) have also been launched.” (ALSO READ: Pawan Hans Chopper, With ONGC Employees, Goes Missing in Mumbai) Also Read - COVID-19: Mumbai's Vacant Properties Will be Used as Quarantine Centres, Says BMC in Fresh Circular 

“Massive rescue and relief operations are underway and District Superintendent of Police and local officials are supervising the operations,” District Collector Prashant Narnaware was quoted as saying in a PTI report.

Dahanu is in Maharashtra’s Palghar district and is about 110 kilometers from Mumbai.

In a similar incident on January 1, three children went missing while six others swam to safety when a country boat capsized in the Ganga in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.

The incident occurred near Rajandipur ghat under Sabaur police station of the district when the boat carrying nine children lost its balance and capsized in the river.

On December 26 last year, six children including four girls drowned when a local boat capsized in Naranipuzha river at Changarakulam in Malappuram district in Kerala. The deceased were identified as Prasanna (12), Adidev (4), Vaishna (15), Pooja (14), Jeenasha (8) and Abhilash.