A man’s suicide bid took an unexpected turn when a Portuguese-era bridge, on which onlookers had gathered, collapsed under the weight of the crowd at Sanvordem in South Goa on Thursday. Three people have been confirmed dead after their bodies were fished out by rescuers. Several others were injured when around 30 people fell into the Sanvordem river, police said.
The incident took place at around 6.40 pm at Curchorem. According to reports, at least 30 people were standing on the old bridge after they spotted 26-year-old Santosh Wandal trying to commit suicide by jumping into the water. Wandal’s body was recovered on Friday evening.
According to fire officials, the bridge could not take their weight and collapsed. Goa DGP Muktesh Chander confirmed the incident.
South Goa MP Narendra Savaikar said, “The old bridge was shut as it was weak. A rescue operation was under way for a man who had jumped from the parallel bridge. The crowd gathered on the weaker bridge and did not estimate its ability. Rescue operations are under way.”
Naval drivers have been pressed into service. Precautions are being taken for the safety of the divers as the area is known to have crocodiles. Chetak helicopters are also being used to conduct aerial search. On Friday, members of the National Disaster Rescue Force Team arrived at the site to begin rescue operations.
Since the incident occurred, three bodies have been recovered and 14 people were rescued and given medical attention. Members of the National Disaster Rescue Force Team, will stay on in Goa over the weekend, to assist in any way possible, informed officials.