In a heart-wrenching incident on Thursday, a leisurely picnic by 27 school students at Harni Lake on the outskirts of Vadodara, Gujarat, turned into a nightmare when their boat overturned. At least six children lost their lives in the tragic accident, prompting a swift and coordinated response from rescue teams.
Gujarat education minister Kuber Dindor informed the public that a search operation had been initiated to locate the missing students. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade personnel were promptly deployed to the scene, reflecting the gravity of the situation.
Vadodara district collector A B Gor and chief fire officer Parth Brahmbhatt provided updates on the ongoing rescue efforts. While the fire brigade managed to save seven students, the search for the remaining ones continued. Local residents also played a crucial role by rescuing some children before official personnel arrived.
Vadodara MP Ranjanben Dhananjay Bhatt expressed determination to take strict action against those responsible for the mishap. The rescued students were distributed among different hospitals for necessary medical attention.
Chief minister Bhupendra Patel conveyed his condolences to the grieving families, acknowledging the heartbreak caused by the incident. In a statement, he said, “The incident of children drowning after the boat capsized in Vadodara’s Harni lake is extremely heartbreaking. I pray for the peace of the souls of the innocent children who lost their lives. My deepest condolences to their families in this hour of sorrow.”
The chief minister assured that the ongoing rescue operation would be supported with immediate relief and medical treatment for the victims. The tragic event serves as a somber reminder of the importance of stringent safety measures during such outings and prompts a collective reflection on preventing future accidents.
As the community mourns the loss of young lives, the incident in Vadodara underscores the need for continued efforts to enhance safety protocols and emergency response mechanisms to prevent similar tragedies in the future.