Two girl students die in Maharashtra boat capsize


Mumbai: A day after a ferry capsized in the Dahanu creek in Palghar district, the Coast Guard had resumed the search operations in the morning on Sunday.

Even a message from coast guard said that they have diverted ships which were at sea and also ships which were sailing from Mumbai.

Moshudi Pervez Sheikh, a 17-year-old girl who survived, said the boat tilted and sank as the schoolchildren moved to one side to take selfies using their smartphones.

Another student who was rescued from the boat capsize told PTI that the boat had around seven children who belong to the Dahanu village, which is over 100 km from Mumbai.

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'There was an incident of boat capsize at Dahanu Parnaka Beach. They were residents of Masauli Ambedkarnagar in Dahanu, said the Superintendent of Police (Palghar) Manjunath Singe. According to police sources, the tragic incident took place two nautical miles from the shore. Hunt is on to trace a few other missing children.

By afternoon, 31 students were rescued, besides the pilot and helper on the boat, identified as Parth Ambire and Mahendra Ambire.

The students of KL Ponda school in Dahanu were at the beach for a picnic. The Coast Guard deployed ships and aircraft as the search for the missing is ongoing.

'All our local officers and staff are on the spot.