Boat With 40 School Children Capsizes In Maharashtra: Updates

Boat capsizes with 40 students near Maharashtra's Dahanu 4 dead reported

Boat with 40 school children on board capsizes in Maharashtra's Dahanu, 4 dead

All three were residents of Masauli in Dahanu's Ambedkar Nagar area.

A boat ferrying around 40 school children capsized at Dahanu Parnaka beach on Saturday morning around 11.30 am.

The students were on a picnic.

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

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"Anguished to hear of boat carrying school children capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra".

The young girl received treatment at a local hospital in Dahanu, 80 miles from Mumbai, India - along with her fellow classmates.

Through the afternoon, four helicopters and five ships were pressed into search and rescue operations, joined in by around 20 local fishermen.

"We have arrested the boat owner and one of the drivers who was rescued", said Manjunath Singe, SP, Palghar.

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The tragedy occurred during a low-tide, enabling the rescuers to reach the site quickly, and "save precious lives", said an ICG spokesperson.

Sixteen people were drowned after their boat capsized in the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh in November a year ago. "My condolences to the bereaved families", the President said in a tweet.

According to reports, 35 children have been rescued, while efforts are on to locate the missing.

"The incident is a clear indication that there is little attempt to enforce vigil and ensure strict security measures by the authorities", said a parent.

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