Navy divers swing into action
Hyderabad: Navy Divers Swing into Action, The search operations to trace out 24 engineering students of Hyderabad, who were washed away in the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh
- 2 more bodies recovered, taking the total number of bodies found to 8
- Divers face problem of poor visibility, says Marri Shashidhar Reddy
- Final rites of Shabbir Hussain held
Hyderabad: The search operations to trace out 24 engineering students of Hyderabad, who were washed away in the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh on last Sunday, gained momentum as 15 divers from Indian Navy were into service on Thursday. Following this, two more bodies of the missing students were retrieved. The bodies were identified as T Upender and Gomoor Arvind Kumar by their parents, according to R S Negi, Superintendent of Police, Mandi.
The bodies were trapped in rocks and rescue teams had a tough time retrieving them, he said. In view of the bad weather conditions, the recovered two bodies had to be sent to Delhi Airport by road. With this, the number of bodies recovered during the last four days has risen to eight, while efforts are on to trace the remaining 16 students and a tour guide. The bodies of five boys and three girls have been recovered so far and 13 boys and three girls are missing. Telangana Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy and the TRS MPs Jitender Reddy and Vinod and special representative of Andhra Pradesh government K Ramamohan Rao had a meeting with the Vice-Chairman of NDMA M Shashidhar Reddy and the chief of the rescue operation teams at Mandi and decided to continue the rescue operations further.
"Our divers are facing the problem of poor visibility. The river bed is full of silt and huge boulders and rocks are acting as impediments," Shashidhar Reddy said. The underwater camera did not make much success due to muddy water and now the rescue teams were going to deploy a UAE (unmanned aerial vehicle) that would continuously recce the entire area of operation, he added.
The Himachal Pradesh government has provided a toll-free No: 1800-180-8024 for the use of people to know the status of the rescue operations. In a related development, the body of a drowning victim belonging to Seri Lingampally here, Shabbir Hussain (20), was brought to Hyderabad by plane. It was taken in an ambulance to Seri Lingampally.