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Goa bridge collapse: Victims watching suicide bid fall into river

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Fri May 19 2017, 12:39 pm
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    A Portuguese-era bridge in Curchorem town in south Goa partially collapsed on May 18. Two people died and several others went missing as the bridge connecting Sanvordem and Curchorem villages in South Goa district of Goa collapsed. (PTI)

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    As the luck would have it, the victims were standing on the dilapidated bridge watching an operation to rescue a youth who allegedly jumped into the river to commit suicide. While fire and emergency services personnel were busy rescuing the youth, some 50 people were watching their efforts from the bridge when it gave way and they fell into the water. (ANI)

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    The police said around 20 of them swam to safety. Another 14 people were rescued and taken to nearby hospitals, whereas two bodies were retrieved from the river. "More people are feared to have been trapped under the collapsed portion of the bridge," a police officer said. Divers from the Indian Navy and the Drishti Lifeguard Services, a private agency which provides lifeguards for the state's beaches, were called in for the rescue operation. (ANI)

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    A Navy spokesperson said nine Navy divers with Geminis boats have been rushed to Curchorem. The rescue operation is expected to continue through the night. PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar who rushed to the site said the bridge was closed for use for the last four years. "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. (PTI)

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    Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that all concerned agencies have been pressed into action. "A massive search and rescue operation is being carried out. We still don't have exact number of people who could be in the water," he said. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke to Parrikar following the bridge collapse reports. (PTI)

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