Mumbai-Goa bridge collapse: One body found as rescue op resume

New Delhi: A 300 kg magnet was lowered this morning into the swollen Savitri River to trace two buses carrying 22 people who were swept away by the river after a British-era bridge collapsed near Mahad in Raigad district. 

Navy divers have resumed operations this morning, a Defence spokesperson said, adding, Chetak helicopter of Coast Guard also began sortie of the affected area today.

A crane lowered a 300 kgs magnet into the river this morning, with the hope of tracing missing vehicles. 

Something has got stuck to the magnet and efforts are on to pull it out of the river, a local official said. 

No survivors or bodies have been recovered despite a gruelling 14-hour search and rescue operation yesterday. 

Earlier, there were reports that one body was recovered during the massive search. However, district police later clarified that no bodies were found till last night. 

28 Marine Commandos, over 100 jawans from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 25 personnel from the Coast Guard were pressed into search and rescue operation yesterday. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accompanied by PWD Minister Chnadrakant Patil and opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress, yesterday conducted an aerial survey of the area. 

According to district officials, one of the buses was proceeding to Mumbai from Jaigad in Raigad, and the other was on its way to Borivali (Mumbai) from Rajapur.

News24 Bureau