Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the capsizing of a boat off the Mumbai coast on Wednesday could have turned into a major tragedy had the Indian Navy and Coast Guard not acted quickly.
While announcing a financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to the family of a man who drowned in the incident, CM ordered a probe.
"The boat accident was unfortunate. Due to the timely help and assistance provided by the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard, a major accident was averted. The state government will conduct an inquiry into the incident," Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai.
Expressing deep grief and condolences to the family of the deceased, identified as Siddhesh Pawar, Fadnavis said, "The Maharashtra government declares an assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased in this unfortunate accident".
"It's an unfortunate incident. A person is missing. We are still looking for him. Investigation will be conducted to find out what caused the accident," said Vinod Tawde, a Maharashtra minister.
Pawar was an activist of Shiv Sangram Paksha, an organisation monitoring the construction of the Shivaji statue which is coming up on an island in the Arabian sea.
(With inputs from agencies)