Three children died after a boat carrying 40 students capsized about 2 nautical miles from the sea shore in Maharashtra’s coastal town of Dahanu, Palghar Superintendent of Police Manjunath Singe told Scroll.in. Media reports had initially pegged the toll at four.
The toll is likely to release, reports said. Local fishermen and agencies have rescued 32 children so far.
The Indian Coast Guard has diverted ships that were at sea, and some ships from Mumbai are also sailing to help with the ongoing rescue operations. Helicopters from Daman, which is near Dahanu, have also been launched, a Coast Guard spokesperson said.
The children, from KL Ponda High School in Dahanu, were on a picnic, Marathi daily Loksatta reported.