The tragedy occurred as a crowd assembled on the decades-old bridge on the Sanvordem river in Curchorem village, 45 km from here, to watch an unidentified person attempt suicide. Some say it is 40-50 (persons) who were on the bridge, some say it around 30. So far, the bodies of two people whoâ€™re dead were pulled from the river.
Some who fell had managed to swim to safety but Pednekar said he was unable to confirm local media reports that up to 30 people were still missing, adding that "search operations are ongoing".
"People who were keen on witnessing the rescue operation for a youth who had jumped into the river to commit suicide removed the barricades on the bridge", he said. The fire and emergency services have begun the search operation.
"The people, who were watching the rescue operation, were not only from the local village but numerous commuters had stopped to see what is happening", he said.
Russia, Saudi Arabia back extension of oil output cuts
While traders and analysts doubt producers sticking to a prolonged cutback, the strong wording of the announcement had an impact on the market.
It is being reported that the divers from the Navy who have been involved in rescue operations have been facing a potential threat of crocodiles in the water body. The footbridge is noted to be from Portuguese era and was closed for Public use.
"We fear some people might be trapped in the debris of the bridge and today we are going to carry out search in the river", the police official said. "A helicopter sortie is being undertaken along the river for aerial search", a spokesman of the Indian Navy said.
"The distance between me and the portion of the bridge which collapsed was hardly two to three metres". The Navy has been called in for rescue operations and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is also tracking the situation.