Vadodara Picnic Tragedy: The boat carrying 27 students and their teachers went over in the Harni Lake on the outskirts of Vadodara, Gujarat, on Thursday, causing a terrible tragedy that claimed 16 lives. The fire brigade and the NDRF were called in to help with the search, which resulted in the rescue of 10 students. The education minister of Gujarat, Kuber Dindor, announced that the fire brigade and the NDRF had been deployed for the operation.
“A boat carrying school students, who came here on a picnic, overturned in Harni Lake in the afternoon. The fire brigade has so far rescued seven students, while a search is on for the missing ones,” Vadodara’s chief fire officer Parth Brahmbhatt said. Before the fire department workers arrived, some locals saved a few kids.
Strong action would be taken against the person(s) accountable for the incident, according to Vadodara MP Ranjanben Dhananjay Bhatt. According to the MP, the saved students were transferred to other hospitals. There was too much cargo for the boat to hold.
Vadodara Picnic Tragedy
“Saddened by the deaths caused by a boat capsize in Vadodara’s Harni Lake. My condolences go out to the families of the deceased during this time of loss. I hope the injured person heals quickly. The impacted parties are receiving every support that the local government can muster. The next of kin of each deceased would receive an ex-gratia payment from PMNRF of ₹2 lakh. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the injured would receive Rs. 50 000.
The families of the youngsters who died were sent condolences by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. “It is indeed tragic that youngsters drowned in Vadodara’s Harni Lake after a boat overturned. I offer prayers for the souls of the defenseless kids who perished. My sincere sympathies are with their families during this difficult time. May the Almighty and Gracious God grant them the fortitude to endure this loss. Right now, efforts are being made to save the teachers and pupils who are trapped on the boat. The chief minister wrote on X that the system has been directed to give the accident victims emergency care and relief.
“The news of the death of many students, including teachers, due to the boat capsizing in Vadodara, Gujarat, is extremely heart-wrenching,” tweeted Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress. In this accident, many pupils are still listed as missing. We are however requesting that the administration and government of Gujarat speed relief and rescue efforts and do everything within their power to preserve the lives of the youngsters. We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased families during this time of sorrow.
Vadodara boat accident: What is currently known
- Reportedly, the pupils from Panigate’s New Sunrise School were escorted by a few instructors.
- Around 430 p.m., they arrived at the lake for a picnic and got on a boat.
- There were 27 people on the boat, even though it looked like it could only hold 16.
- Whether they were donning life jackets is yet unknown.