A very saddening incident took place in Goa on 18th May that killed two people and several others went missing. A bridge collapsed South Goa district and caused this damage.
The bridge was connecting Sanvordem and Curchorem villages. Usually there is not that much rush on this bridge. But the time when this incident took place, there a lot many people gathered on this bridge. These people were witnessing a rescue operation of a boy who jumped into the river with the intention to commit suicide.
There were emergency services people who were focusing on rescue of the youth. By the time 50 people gathered on the bridge to watch the efforts made by rescue team. But, after sometime the bridge failed to withstand the weight and collapsed.
After collapsing of bridge rescue team diverted few of their resources towards these people who were there on the bridge. The rescue team has rescued 14 of them. It was really a matter of luck. 20 of them swam and got out of the river. However, after great efforts rescue team found two bodies from river.
As per the police officer on duty there could be few people trapped under the collapsed portion of the bridge as well. In addition to divers from Indian Navy, a private agency has also provided help by lending their lifeguards. The agency named Drishti Lieguard Services provides lifeguard services to the beaches in nearby areas.
PWD minister also rushed to the spot. He also shared his observation and said that people on the bridge were so curious to watch rescue operation that they removed the barricades installed on the bridge. This might be the cause of accident. The Union Home Minister will also have a word with Goa’s CM Manohar Parrikar regarding this mishap.