“Four persons were rescued earlier and were rushed to the hospital”, SP (South Goa) Shekhar Prabhudesai told TOI. When the bridge collapsed late evening, there were more than 40 persons on the bridge, he added.
A large number of people had gathered on the bridge following reports that someone had jumped off it in a suicide attempt. The bridge had been closed for vehicular traffic some years ago. Only pedestrians were using it, a local resident said. As the search and rescue operation started by the fire services, many local residents rushed to the bridge to watch the operation. All of a sudden, the bridge gave way and it was not known how many people are trapped, a source in the fire services said. Massive rescue operation is on, Prabhudesai said.
CM Manohar Parrikar said that around 20 persons rescued by the fire services. Around 10 have swum ashore. The CM spoke to the Navy whoes divers were likely to be pressed into service.
Home minister Rajnath Singh, who spoke to Parrikar, tweeted that search and rescue operations have been intensified.
Spoke to Goa CM Shri @manoharparrikar regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem River. Search and rescue ops have been intensified.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1495121394000
PWD Minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and south Goa collector Swapnil Naik, MP Narendra Sawaikar on the spot.