Maharashtra: Boat carrying school children capsizes off Dahanu coast

Maharashtra: Boat carrying school children capsizes off Dahanu coast

The accident took place place today two nautical miles from the shore of the Arabian Sea.

The Coast Guard said it has has diverted ships which were at sea and ships are also sailing from Mumbai.

Initial reports claimed the tragedy was caused by the boat being overloaded and the children reportedly did not have life jackets.

32 school children have been rescued by Coast Guard, while the search for the remaining ones is still underway.

In addition, the Coast guard vessels and Dornier aircraft has been deployed for the rescue operations. "Rescue teams from other departments are also there".

"Massive rescue and relief operations are underway and District Superintendent of Police and local officials are supervising the operations", he said.

Local TV channels, however, reported that four school children died.

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