Mumbai: A passenger boat, belonging to the Maharashtra government, capsized on Wednesday near Shivaji Smarak. The board was carrying the Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain and other senior officials. The cause of the incident has not been determined and the number of passengers onboard the boat is yet to be ascertained. While most of the passengers have been rescued, the body of one person has been recovered. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend
“It’s an unfortunate incident…..The investigation will be conducted to find out what caused the accident,” Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra Minister. The accident happened near the site for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial. After the boat capsized, the event to lay the foundation of the memorial has been postponed. Also Read - This Time Swearing-in Will be Held at Appropriate Hour: Fadnavis Exudes Confidence of Forming Govt in Maharashtra
“Police confirmed that there were 25 people on board the capsized boat. 24 were evacuated safely earlier; one body recovered by State Control Room,” Indian Coast Guard PRO said. Also Read - COVID-19: PM Modi Holds Virtual Meeting With States, Home Minister Amit Shah Also Present
Updating on the incident, the Indian Coast Guard PRO said, “Coastguard hovercraft has reached the spot; our choppers are also involved in the rescue. Most of the people are already rescued.”
The incident comes a few days after a fishing boat with five fishermen onboard capsized at Odisha’s Gopalpur owing to severe cyclonic storm Titli. However, the India Coast Guard Disaster and Rescue team rescued all the five fishermen.