More than a week after the bridge at Mahad on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed, the Navy’s divers have located the wreckages of both the buses that fell into the rain-swollen Savitri river. More than 40 people were killed when two buses and at least two cars were swept away with the bridge.
“Two wreckages that seem to be parts of buses and were found approximately 170 and 200 meters from the collapsed bridge,” said Commander Rahul Sinha, chief public relations officer (Defence).
“Spot diving was carried out despite presence of crocodiles and high current in the river. NDRF teams have been informed and a crane for recovery of the wreckage is being requested,” said Sinha.
The Indian Navy team comprising personnel specialist divers have been searching for the wreckage and survivors since the incident occurred on August 4.
So far 26 bodies have been recovered from the river. Agencies do not rule out the possibility of other bodies being trapped in the submerged vehicles.