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Maharashtra: 6 feared dead after boat capsizes in Ujani dam waters; NDRF, SDRF deployed

May 22, 2024 09:34 AM IST

Six people remain missing after a boat capsized in the Ujani dam waters near Kalashi village in Maharashtra, with rescue operations underway.

Six people remain missing in Maharashtra after a boat capsized on Tuesday evening in Ujani dam waters near Kalashi village, close to Indapur Tahseel of Pune district. The police said that NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed on site.

Six missing after boat capsizes in Maharashtra (Representational image)(HT PHOTO)
Six missing after boat capsizes in Maharashtra (Representational image)(HT PHOTO)

The incident took place on Tuesday evening in the Pune district, around 140 km from the city.

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Initial reports suggested that the six people on the boat are missing. Now, authorities said that the people on the boat have likely drowned.

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The police officials on site said, “Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), local administration and police are deployed for search and rescue operations.”

“Seven people were in the boat. One of them swam to safety and raised an alarm, following which local villagers and rescue teams reached the spot. A search operation is on,” said Pune superintendent of police Pankaj Deshmukh.

When the incident happened, it was raining with thunderstorm in the area. The strong winds made it difficult for boat, which acts as a launch to regularly ferry locals from one side of the water body to another, capsized, officials said.

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The victims included three men, a woman and two children, Indapur tehsildar Shrikant Patil said. The boat service operates between Kalashi and Bhugav villages, he said.

Following strong winds and rains on Tuesday evening, the boat carrying seven persons overturned, he said.

An officer of the assistant police inspector-rank, who was among the seven persons on the boat, swam to safety, the official said. The bodies of the victims are in the process of being recovered by the NDRF.

(With inputs from Pune)

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