Goa footbridge collapse: Navy rushes to the rescue

Goa footbridge collapse: Navy rushes to the rescue

The footbridge collapsed while police were attempting to rescue a youth who had jumped off the bridge. Photograph: (ANI)

ANI Goa, India May 19, 2017, 10.37 AM (IST)

Death toll rises to two as another body was recovered on Friday, after a Portuguese era footbridge collapsed in South Goa`s Curchorem.

Earlier on Thursday, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on the collapse of the footbridge.

"Spoke to Goa CM Shri @manoharparrikar regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem River. Search and rescue ops have been intensified," Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy tweeted; "9 Navy Divers with Geminis boats & associated equipment rush to Curchorem, South Goa bridge collapse site for Search & Rescue operation."

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A total of fifteen people have been rescued till now and five have been admitted to a hospital.

50 persons fell into a river following the collapse of the footbridge.

The incident took place when the police were attempting to rescue a youth who jumped off the bridge.

The police and the fire brigade are currently at the spot. The rescue operation is currently underway. 

(ANI)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Navy is helping with rescue operations after a footbridge collapsed in Goa
  • Some 50 people fell into a river after the collapse
  • The Portuguese-era footbridge collapsed while police were attempting to rescue a youth who had jumped off the bridge
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