Two firemen among five die in ‘toxic’ Mumbai well

An official from the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) said the three persons had entered the well to remove blockage that was apparently caused by the accumulated chemicals.

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2018 21:40 IST
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According to locals, the well is located near a nallah in Netivali area from where lot of dirty water with chemicals flows regularly, polluting the well water.(AFP file photo)

Five persons, including two fire brigade personnel on a rescue mission, died in a well Thursday apparently due to inhalation of toxic gas in Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district of Maharashtra, the police said.

The firemen entered the well this afternoon after they were informed that three persons got trapped inside it, a police official said.

The well is located adjacent to a nullah whose water is contaminated with industrial effluent, in Netivali Lokgram area in Kalyan (East).

The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) said in a release that the Fire brigade had received a call that three men were electrocuted in the well due to live wire of an electric pump.

The deceased are identified as Rahul Goswami (30), his father Gunvant Goswami (55) and Kalmesh Yadav (22), and the fire personnel as Pramod Wakchoure and Ananta Shelar.

The KDMC said Yadav had entered the well for a swim, but as he didn’t return, the father-son duo descended down to locate him.

“The firemen received the call that three persons were electrocuted in the well. The fire personnel first disconnected the power supply before entering the well. Their was electric current in water. But the fire personnel seem to have died of asphyxiation while looking for the trapped persons,” it said.

As per preliminary information, the well was filled with some chemical waste that flowed from the nullah, the official said.

He said the three persons had entered the well to remove blockage that was apparently caused by the accumulated chemicals.

“However, as they failed to return, the locals informed the fire brigade. Two firemen descended into the well to trace the three men, but they also got trapped,” the official said.

A team of fire brigade officials rushed to the spot on receiving the information and conducted a rescue operation, he said, adding that they recovered bodies of all the five men.

According to fire officials present at the spot, the well was filled with poisonous gas.

Additional Commissioner of Police Pratap Dighavkar, Thane Police, said all the five bodies have been taken out of the well and sent for postmortem, he said, adding that exact cause of their death is under investigation.

First Published: Nov 01, 2018 19:31 IST