Two dead, six missing: Boat with 40 school students overturns in India

Dahanu boat mishap Coast Guard calls off search ops as all students accounted for

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

Four feared dead after a boat with 40 school children on board capsizes 2 nautical miles from the sea shore in Dahanu in Maharashtra. And the Dornier aircraft along with helicopters from Daman has launched to conduct a rescue operation. The exact number of children who were in the boat is not known, which made the rescue operations more hard, Palghar collector Prashant Narnaware said. Local fishermen and agencies have rescued 32 children.

The Coast guard immediately went into rescue operations and around 35 students have been rescued.

Late in the evening, Singe told reporters that the police were probing the accident.

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The students, who are aged 16 to 17 years, reside in villages and hamlets in and around Dahanu.

"Search efforts are still continuing at the location in coordination with local authorities to search for missing students if any", the release said.

ANI quoted a Coast Guard official as saying that weight imbalance may have caused the boat to capsize. Ambire is presently hospitalised and will be arrested as soon as he is discharged and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the police said. Sources said the boat lost balance when several students shifted to one side. All the students were a part of a school picnic arranged by the Ponda School and Junior College in Mumbai's Parnaka. Indian President Ram Kovind said his thoughts were with the families of those who had died.

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