Goa footbridge collapse: 15 people rescued, five admitted to hospital

Rescue and relief works in progress after the Sanvardem Bridge collapsed in Curchorem South Goa

"Nine naval divers with boats and associated equipment rush to Curchorem, south Goa bridge collapse site, for search-and-rescue operations", the Navy tweeted.

50 persons fell into a river following the collapse of the footbridge.

Panaji: A foot bridge connecting Sanvordem and Curchorem villages in South Goa district of Goa collapsed on Thursday, killing two people and injuring several others.

A local police officer told the Hindustan Times that more people were likely to be "trapped under the collapsed bridge".

Two bodies have been fished out and search for missing was going on.




"We are trying to establish how many people are missing by interviewing witnesses", Prabhudessai said. The divers from Indian Navy and a private agency which mans Goa's beaches, were called to search for the bodies.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Pune took charge of the search operations in the afternoon. According to the police, around 20 people swam to safety, while another 14 were rescued and taken to hospitals nearby.

Rescue operations by the Navy and the Coast Guard were under way until last reports came in. Parsekar was crossing the new bridge on his motorcycle when another passerby stopped him to inform that somebody had just jumped into the river from the footbridge.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was also monitoring the rescue operation.

There were reports that a person has jumped from the bridge in a suicide attempt and people rushed on the bridge when the old bridge, which was closed for vehicles, collapsed.

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