Shivaji memorial: Boat carrying Maha officials capsizes, one dead

At about 4:15 p.m. today (October 24) reports were received about a boat capsizing near the location of the Shivaji Smarak (Shivaji Memorial). The boat belongs to Maharashtra Government and was carrying senior officials including the Chief Secretary. A rescue operation is currently underway

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According to information provided by the Mumbai police, the police succeed in saving the passengers from the speedboat in the Arabian Sea. The boat capsized as its engine stopped working. A second boat was immediately sent to spot. The twenty-five passengers on board have been rescued. No deaths are reported.

The boat was carrying politicians and senior officials from the Maharashtra government. Reportedly, the people who were on board stated that the boat had hit a rock

The Coast guard hovercraft has reached the spot; our choppers are also involved in rescue. Most of the people are already rescued, stated the Indian Coast Guard Public Relations Officer (PRO).

While speaking to the press, Vinayak Mete, President of Shiva Sangram said, “The boat which was on its way to the proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial site had crashed against something, owing to which there was a big crack which developed underneath the boat, one person who was on-board has been reported to be missing, the Mumbai police and the coast guard have launched a rescue operation.”

According to information given by Mumbai Fire Brigade chief Prabhat Rahangdale,  the body of Siddesh Pawar who was around 20 years of age was removed from the capsized boat with the help of a navy diver and firemen and taken to St George Hospital.