Goa bridge collapse toll rises to two, one missing

Crowd of 50 Falls in River as Footbridge Collapses in Savordem Goa, Rescue Operations Underway

People had gathered on the bridge to watch emergency services rescue a man who had jumped into the Sanvordem river in Curchorem. Officials said navy divers with Geminis boats were carrying out searches.

Around 10 people have been rescued and taken to a hospital while the search for the rest is on. Soon, almost 40 persons gathered on the dilapidated bridge to witness efforts being made to rescue a struggling Wandal from the river, which led to a part of the bridge to collapse under the crfowd's weight, triggering a melee.

Indian Navy divers and lifeguards from the Drishti Lifeguard services, who provides lifeguards for the state's beaches, were called for the rescue operation.

Police sources, however, said a crowd had assembled on the bridge to witness a suicide bid when the tragedy occurred.

Coastal police on Friday recovered a third body from the river after Sanvordem footbridge collapsed in South Goa on Thursday with 14 persons rescued so far. Almost 20 people swam to safety when the bridge collapsed on Thursday afternoon.

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Rescue teams rushed to the spot and four people were rescued, and were immediately rushed to the spot.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday told reporters that all concerned agencies have been pressed into action. The incident took place when police was rescuing a youth who jumped off the bridge. "Spoke to Goa CM. regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem river".

The rescue operation was going on until late night. "Search and rescue operations have been intensified", Singh tweeted.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Pune took charge of the search operations in the afternoon.

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