Mahad bridge collapse: Search ops on amid high water current, crocodiles in river

Mumbai: Rescue personnel today braved high water current and crocodile hotbeds in Savitri River to trace those missing after the bridge collapse near Mahad in Raigad district even as anxious relatives expressed anger over the pace of the search operation.

So far, 26 bodies have been recovered while nearly 14 are still missing and feared dead after two State Transport buses and some other vehicles fell in the river following the bridge collapse on Mumbai-Goa Highway on August 2.

The search teams have decided to continue the operation till they recover all the bodies and remains of swept away vehicles.

"Search operation is on like before with same positioning and deployment of the security forces. The crew of NDRF, Navy, Coast Guard and local divers are at work," Raigad's Residential Deputy Collector Satish Bagal told PTI.

"We are not going to call off the (search) operations and will continue it," Bagal said, adding that the District Collector and SP are monitoring the situation.