Twelve days after the tragic accident in which a bus with 69 people on board plunged into the Parvati River near Sarsari village, a search and rescue team from the navy recovered another body, said to be that of a 12-year-old girl, floating on the surface of the Larji dam reservoir.
According to a navy official, the possibility of more bodies of missing passengers trapped in the river near the accident site appeared low because of the swift water current on the day of the mishap, adding the victims might have been swept toward the Larji dam and trapped under silt.
On Sunday the 14-member team navy team comprising expert divers and led by Cdr Tilak Raj Thakur renewed its search for the missing passengers of the ill-fated bus at the Larji dam, located about 30 km upstream from the accident site, employing sonar (a technique that uses sound propagation) in efforts to recover more bodies.
Deputy superintendent of police Sanjay Sharam, who is in charge of the operation, said, the district administration had deployed 160 diving experts and others including personnel of the National Disaster Response Force, Sashstra Seema Bal (armed border force), Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the police to assist in the search efforts. 13 bodies have been fished out so far, two of which remain unidentified, with 33 bus passengers still missing.