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Three students drown, 32 rescued after boat capsizes

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Three girls drowned and five were missing after a private boat with 40 students, who were on a school picnic, capsized this morning off the coast of in district of

Police said that 32 students had been rescued and a search for the missing ones was continuing with Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen out at sea.

The bodies of the three girls -- Sonal Bhagwan Surati, and -- all aged 17, were recovered, of Police, Palghar, Manjunath Singe told

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

The private boat was carrying 40 students of and in Parnaka in and capsized around 11.30 am, Singe said.

The students were on a picnic.

"The has deployed its ships and aircraft in the rescue operation and personnel from several departments like the coastal police are involved in the search operations," the SP said.

The location is around 20 miles off the coast, a of the said. Dahanu is located around 130 km from

Among the rescued, three students and the were admitted to a hospital, the police said.

Ram Nath Kovind, who arrived in today on a two-day visit to Maharashtra, has offered his condolences to the families of those killed in the tragedy.

"Anguished to hear of boat carrying school children capsizing in Dahanu, has rescued most of the passengers and is making efforts to trace those still missing. My condolences to bereaved families," he tweeted.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 18:10 IST