Three persons died and around 50 others were missing when a portion of a jetty in the Hooghly river gave way today under the impact of high tide at a place in Bhadreswar.
Superintendent of police Sukesh Jain said locals who swung into action in small boats traced 18 of the missing persons.
After they were taken to Chandannagar sub divisional hospital, three of them including two women, were declared "brought dead."
WB: 3 people dead, several missing after jetty submerged under water due to high tide in Hoogly's Bhadreswar; rescue operation underway pic.twitter.com/w0Jm2IluKl— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2017
The accident occurred when the passengers bound for Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas district were waiting at the 150-feet high bamboo jetty at Telinipara for boarding a launch to cross the river.
Rescue operations were on.