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Three girls drown, 31 rescued as boat capsizes in sea off Dahanu in Maharashtra

 
Three girls drown, 31 rescued as boat capsizes in sea near Dahanu
Three teenaged girls drowned and 31 others were rescued after a boat carrying them capsized in the Arabian Sea off Dahanu in Maharashtra today.
 
The girls were students of a junior college near Parnaka in Dahanu, about 110 km north of Mumbai, and had gone on a picnic in the boat when the tragedy occurred, sources said.
 
Palghar District Superintendent of Police Manjunath Singe told NetIndian over the telephone that three girls had died in the incident and that 31 others had been rescued.
 
He said all the girls in the boat had been accounted for, but the authorities were continuing to search the area to be absolutely sure of this.
 
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) diverted its ships in the area to spot and helped rescue the students. Fishing boats operating in the area also joined the search and rescue efforts, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 11.30 am when the boat was at a significant distance from the shore. 
 
According to various accounts, the boat capsized when it lost balance after a very large number of the girls on board came on to one side to click photographs, including "selfies".
 
Hundreds of people, including parents of the girls, gathered on the Parnaka beach as the rescue efforts were being made.
 
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