Two persons, including a 4-year-old girl, drowned and two others went missing after a fishing trawler apparently collided with a sunken ship off Alibaug coast in Raigad district on Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened when some devotees were returning from Khanderi-Underi forts off Alibaug coast. The forts, which house some Customs establishments, also have a temple of lord Vetaleshwar, worshipped by the local fishing community.
“While returning from the forts, the fishing trawler – Bhawani Mata – apparently collided with a sunken ship and was shattered in the rough weather,” assistant police inspector DV Patil from Alibaug Taluka police station told Hindustan Times.
The police officer added that a total of nine persons were travelling in the fishing trawler out of which five were rescued by another fishing trawler. However, out of the remaining four, two bodies have been recovered and two others are still missing.
Patil identified the deceased as 4-year-old Vidhi, younger daughter of a police constable Rajendra Ramnathkar, and 49-year-old Customs constable RJ Patil. While the girl was a resident of Thal Bazar, the customs constable resides at Awas, near Alibaug.
Ansar Ali Shaikh, 35, also a resident of Thal Bazar, and VG Bhoir from Zirad Pada near Alibaug are still missing. Efforts are going on to trace the two who had also been to visit the shrine on Khanderi fort, the police officer added.
All five rescued have been brought to the shore and none of them is seriously hurt.