Three students have died after a ferry boat carrying mostly teenage school children sank in the Arabian Sea off India’s western coast, police said.
Another 29 children were rescued by officers and navy members after the incident occured off Dahanu, a town in Maharashtra state.
The students were on a picnic when the boat capsized, reported the Press Trust of India news organisation.
Rescue workers search for survivors and bodies of victims after a ferry boat carrying schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea, at a beach in Dahanu, in the western state of Maharashtra, India
Police and navy officers worked tirelessly to find all the children who had capsized
Three students were killed by the incident and a further 29 schoolchildren (pictured left) were rescued by volunteers (pictured right) and officers
The funeral for at least one of the teenagers who died, Sanskruti Mayavanshi, has already been held.
The Press Trust of India also reported earlier that 32 children were found during the search operations which saw a plane, helicopters and ships being used.
And that all the students on the boat had been accounted for, said police officer V.J. Sankha.
The rescue operation ended when the boat was finally recovered.
Family members can be seen in anguish as they mourn near the body of a victim
Relatives and friends react, during the funeral of Sanskruti Mayavanshi, one of the victims of a boat accident
Moshudi Pervez Sheikh, a 17-year-old girl who survived, said the boat tilted and sank as the schoolchildren moved to one side to take selfies using their smartphones
Moshudi Pervez Sheikh, a 17-year-old girl who survived, said the boat tilted and sank as the schoolchildren moved to one side to take selfies using their smartphones.
The young girl received treatment at a local hospital in Dahanu, 80 miles from Mumbai, India – along with her fellow classmates.
Accidents like this are said to be common in India, where many ferry boats are poorly built and often overcrowded.
There is also little regard for safety regulations such as providing lifejackets, yet boats are often the main mode of transport in remote areas.
Mosuda Pravez Shaikh lies in a local hospital in Dahanu, 130 kilometres (80 miles) from Mumbai, India
Survivors receive medical treatment at a nearby hospital once they were retrieved from the sea waters