"People who were keen on witnessing the rescue operation for a youth who had jumped into the river to commit suicide removed the barricades on the bridge", he said. "We managed to save almost 20 to 25 people and have recovered one body so far", Goa police sub-inspector Ravindranath Pednekar told AFP. How many are submerged we do not know.
In India, dozens of people are feared dead as a bridge over the Zuari river has collapsed in the western state of Goa.
"Nive Navy divers with Gemini boats and associated equipment rush to Curchorem, South Goa bridge collapse site for search and rescue operations", Indian Navy tweeted.
Parrikar told reporters that all agencies concerned had been pressed into action.
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While the rescue team and officials are not sure about how many people were on the bridge, the search operation for the people missing is now on. Nine divers had been rushed to Curchorem, a navy spokesperson said.
The bridge was reportedly more than 60 years old and was banned from use.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over the bridge collapse incident. "When the bridge caved in, all of them fell into the river", the officer said.
Public Works Department minister who was onsite supervising rescue operations late on Thursday called the accident a case of "pure bad luck". The exact number of persons missing is still not known.