An unfortunate incident reported from Mumbai’s off coast worried many as a passenger boat carrying top officials from Maharashtra government and media professionals capsized on their way to the ‘pooja’ at the proposed spot for building one of the tallest statue of great Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The incident took place around 4.15 pm on Wednesday, around 2.6km west of Nariman Point near the underwater site of the proposed Memorial Complex of Shivaji Maharaj.
The boat was carrying top officials of Maharashtra government including the state chief secretary, around 40 media persons and TV crews. A major rescue operation, in water and aerial, was conducted by Indian Coast Guard, Marine police and other agencies of Maharashtra, which rescued everyone on-board the boat, except one person. The body of the missing person was identified to be of a political activist, Siddhesh Pawar (20), was recovered with the help of Navy divers and fire brigade team, confirmed BMC Disaster Control. Two other, Vikrant Ambre (50) and Ashok Lodha (53), were reported to be injured and were admitted to a nearby hospital who were discharged later. The PRO for Coast Guard confirmed that everyone on the boat was rescued and that no one is missing. The Maharashtra government, subsequently, cancelled the plan for this puja and no further details pertaining to the function’s postponement was shared.
(With Inputs from ANI and TOI)