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Mumbai, March 14, 2020
At least 88 people, mostly tourists, were rescued from a boat that capsized in the Arabian Sea near the Mandwa Jetty at Raigad near here on Saturday morning, a police official said.
The incident occurred when a passenger ferry boat, Ajanta, left Gateway of India in south Mumbai for Mandwa Jetty, a distance of approximately 14km by Arabian Sea.
However, around 10.15 a.m., barely a kilometer before the hour-long voyage was to end, the boat suddenly started ingressing water and began to sink rapidly, along with the passengers and crew.
Hearing the screams of help from the panicky passengers, a coastal patrol boat of Raigad Police led by Prashant Gharat rushed to their rescue in Sadgurukripa vessel, which was at the Mandwa Jetty.
With the help of crew of other local boats and fisherfolk, Gharat and others successfully rescued all the 88 from drowning in the sea waters.
There were no injuries among the rescued passengers and the Raigad Police have commended Gharat's presence of mind and speed which helped avert a potentially massive tragedy.
Mandwa Jetty on the mainland is the entry point for Raigad district with regular boats, catamarans and launch services ferrying thousands of people from Mumbai island daily, besides services to the world famous UNESCO Heritage site of Elephanta Caves around 11 kms off the Gateway of India in Mumbai.