A tempo carrying eight persons plunged into Mula river from Harris Bridge near Dapodi in the early hours of Sunday, injuring all eight. In a swift rescue operation, fire brigade personnel rescued all the injured within minutes of incident.
The police said that the tempo, carrying a public address system equipment, had come to Dapodi for a programme marking the 125th anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Around 12.30 am, the staffers from the Vinayak DJ and Sound System started for Pimpri after the programme was over. According to police, the driver lost control of the tempo and it broke the protective side railing of Harris Bridge, after which it plunged into the water.
Pune fire brigade received a call from a local resident at 12.47 am. The fire brigade’s assistant divisional officer Ramesh Gangad, said, “We reached the spot around 1 am. We started the rescue operation with the help of lifeboats, ropes and buoys. When our team members reached the spot where the tempo fell into the water, they found that most of them had sustained injuries. All the eight persons were taken out one by one. Those who had serious injuries and possible fractures were sent to the hospital in our ambulance. By 1.15 am, we had taken out everyone.”
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Police have identified the injured as Ajay Kalshe (25), Shabbeer (27), Salman Shaikh (19), Vishal Malale (26), Bhavdya Borhade (15), Tushar (16) and Siddhesh (14). One person could not be identified completely.
The fire brigade rescue team comprised of station head Saibaba Jillewar, Shivaji Chavan, Tandel Rajaram Kedari, firemen Sopan Pawar, Raju Alhat, Vilin Ravtu, Navnath Waikar, Vasudev Alhat, Kiran Jadhav, Sanjay Karle, Dada Yadav, Shafeeq Sayyed, Mangesh Milawane, Sachin Jonjale, Ramesh Ghadshi and Rafiq Shaikh.