NEW DELHI: At least 10 people are feared to have drowned in the Zuari River at Sanvordem in Goa, after a 30-metre span of a steel footbridge adjacent to an old bridge collapsed.
One body was fished out of the waters late night by fire brigade personnel and six people were rescued. Police said the footbridge collapsed around 6.30pm as fire personnel were recovering the body of a person, Santosh Vandar, found floating in the river. He had allegedly committed suicide.
Onlookers crowded on the footbridge to watch the operation when the structure gave way, sending a large number of people crashing into the river. While several swam ashore to safety, eye witnesses said those who tried to save the drowning people, were also carried away by the strong current.