On Day 12 of the rescue operations, Indian Navy divers have found the wreckage of an SUV — a Chevrolet Tavera — from Savitri river on Sunday. On August 2, a British era bridge had collapsed in Mahad on the Mumbai-Pune highway, resulting in two state transport buses and private vehicles falling off the bridge into the river.
While 26 bodies have been retrieved from the river so far, the Tavera vehicle has inside it what appears to be the bodies of two more victims, a Navy official said. Currently, the extraction process of the vehicle is being carried out by the Indian Navy and officials of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
As per a Navy spokesperson, the registration number of Tavera vehicle that has been located is MH04 GD 7837.
A statement released by the Navy stated, “The wreckage is found 300 metres from the damaged bridge, four to five metres inside the water. The NDRF and the district administration authorities have been informed.”
Earlier, on Saturday, the divers had located wreckage of second state transport bus which was washed away in the incident.
Prior to that on Thursday, the wreckage of another state transport bus was retrieved approximately 170 and 200 metres from the collapsed bridge. So far a total of 26 bodies have been officially recovered but 14 others remain unaccounted for. With the wreckage being found on Sunday, the total number of bodies will go up to 28.
The rescue operations carried out by the Navy divers has been an uphill task in the face of strong currents in the Savitri river and the threat of crocodiles that are known to infest the river.