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Boat tragedy: Coast Guard calls off search ops as all students

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A day after a ferry capsized in the creek in Maharashtra's district, the Coast Guard, which had resumed the this morning, subsequently called them off after confirming that 32 of the 35 students on the boat were rescued while three drowned.

The police had yesterday said that three girls drowned and five were feared missing after the private boat, " Queen", carrying around 40 students on a picnic capsized off the coast.

The boat was carrying students of the and in Parnaka in when it capsized, of Police, Palghar, Manjunath Singe had said.

A (CG) had yesterday said that a total of 35 students were accounted for and that search operations were on to trace those missing.

The total number of students on board the boat was not confirmed yesterday.

However, a today said the boat was carrying 35 students, of whom three drowned.

"There were 35 students in the capsized boat, of whom three drowned. We have rescued all the remaining students and sent them for treatment to the local hospitals," Varun Augustya, CG Commandant, Station, told

He added that the CG decided to call off the search operations after the school authorities and district administration confirmed the exact number of students on the boat.

"We had deployed one interceptor craft, along with two helicopters, yesterday. We continued with them today as well before we called off the operations," Augustya said.

He added that their counterparts in Daman assisted in the

The commandant said the CG was now focussing its attention on the rescue operation to trace the missing crew members of the helicopter, which had crashed off the coast yesterday.

The helicopter, with seven people on board -- five officers and two pilots -- had crashed minutes after it took off for the state-owned company's in the

Earlier in the morning, a CG helicopter took off to search the waters around the creek.

The at coordinated with the local authorities and school staff before confirming the number of students on board the ill-fated boat.

Three persons, including the owner of the boat, were arrested by the police late last evening.

The deceased girls were identified as Sonal Bhagwan Surati, and Sanskruti Mayavanshi, all aged 17, Singe had said yesterday.

All three were residents of Masauli in Dahanu's Ambedkar Nagar area.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:20 IST