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Karkala: Bolero mishap - bridge over Shambhavi river is 65 years old

Daijiworld Media Network - Karkala (MS)

Karkala, Jan 13: The bridge from which the Bolero jeep fell into the Shambhavi river was built 65 years ago. It has got cracks in many areas. Even the protecting wall is not proper. The locals have urged for renovating the bridge and to provide protective wall of iron rods on both sides of the bridge. Speaking about the negligence shown by the PWD, Sri Esha Vittaldas Swamiji of Kemaru Sandeepani Sadhanashram said, "Let the PWD wake up at least now and build a proper protective wall to the bridge."

It may be recalled that the Bolero jeep, in which the family from Bola was travelling to Mangaluru to attend a marriage function, fell from the bridge into the Shambhavi river and Diana (45), wife of the head of the family Stany Mascarenhas (50), who was driving the jeep, lost her life in the tragedy. His sons Sheldon and Sherman and Stany himself were rescued by the locals, who showed extreme courage and presence of mind.

The mishap occurred at around 8.50am in the morning. The jeep hit the protective wall of the west side of the bridge and fell into the river. The river was brimming with water due to the dam that is put to the river. The locals and other vehicle drivers jumped into the river and were successful in saving father and two children.

Stany Mascarenhas, a resident of Bola Kendottu Barke of the taluk was going along with wife and sons to Milagres Church of Mangaluru to attend the marriage function of a close relative.

More than 50 young men were involved in the rescue operation. The people are lauding the efforts of the young men of Sankalakariya, Patte, Ulepady and Elinje who jumped into the river risking their own lives. Vishwith Shetty, lecturer of Pompei College, Aikala jumped into the water with his full dress on the body as soon as he saw the jeep plunging into the river. Vishwith, Gunapala of Patte Cross and Ashok of Ulepady are the three prominent persons who saved the lives of father and two sons. Apart from these three, Naveen Vaz, Somnath Poojary, member of Mundkoor gram panchayat, Divakar Chowta, president of Aikala gram panchayat, Suresh Bhandary and Girish of Sankalakariya and Akshith of Elinje also helped in the rescue operation.

Diana, wife of Stany Mascarenhas lost her life as she was wearing the seat belt during the unfortunate incident. The jeep fell upside down in the river and Diana could not come out of the vehicle as she was strapped to the seat. Even the people who saved other three people, could not save Diana as they could not break the glass of the jeep also. Diana died due to asphyxiation.

Stany of Bola Kendottu is an agriculturist. His wife Diana, who lost her life in the tragedy is from Perar, Edapadav. They have four children. Apart from Sheldon and Sherman who were rescued in the accident, they have twins by the names Sharol and Shawn.

The injured Stany, Sherman and Sheldon are admitted into a private hospital in the city of Mangaluru. Diana's post mortem was carried out in the government hospital of Belman. Stany and Diana had an important role in the marriage of their relative that took place at Milagres Church in Mangaluru. The marriage was conducted with symbolic procedures under pall of gloom due to the mishap.

Police also had some confusion as to who has to register the complaint of the accident. Shambhavi river at Sankalakariya falls into the border region of the taluks of Mangaluru and Karkala. Mulky circle inspector Anant Padmanabha and Nasir Hussain of Karkala police station took the information from the revenue department and accordingly the case was registered in Karkala police station.

Comment on this article

  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Great effort from local people, extraordinary rescue operation. Big salute to people who involved in rescue operation and assistance. It shows Indian spirit still exists with humanity and kindness.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Very very unlucky lady, who just because of the seatbelt, lost her life; empathise with her family! May her soul RIP!!

    In DK people are busy fighting over issues of cows, religious places and other silly/sundry issues while absolutely no development has taken place in any sphere except many highrise swanky buildings coming up!!!

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  • Shoan D Souza, Sacheripet

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    I salute localytes ,who voluntarily acted in time and saves 3 lives. It's unfortunate , lost one life. The most worst thing is Mulki and Karkala police are confused with their jurisdiction. ..! Police have all IPC sections in their tip of the tongue ...! (For what comes in), but confusion of geography (what goes out if court sues).
    Sankalakaria/ River Shambhavi spot is just 4 KM distance from Sacheripet. People are very helpful and understanding.

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  • abdul, udupi

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    The people and the people representatives of the ahti buddivanthara jille Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are useless.
    We are happy with only beef and religious issues and do not give any importance to infrastructure development or the destruction of environment of our district by the state as well as the central government.
    The people of Mysore, Bengaluru and Hassan are eating the cream and giving the crumbs to people of other districts.
    North Karnataka people cannot protest as most of them are uneducated. What is holding back the ultra brilliant (as projected bv many) athi buddivanthas of the twin districts to protest for such social causes?

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  • Naveen kudla, Tulunad state

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    The bridges and roads in Tulunad were built during the British era or just after the independence. They have servived long enough as many bridges built theses days hadly srvive for a year or two. These old bridges were built as per the needs of those days and are very narrow.

    Let me know after Tulunad joined karnataka, Wt improvement has taken in Tulunad. Tulunad's money and wealth are spent on Bendakaluru and old mysore region.

    Our Tulunad is still running on British era Infrastructure.
    Materegla kenunda ijja?

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Naveen Kudla,

    Do you have in your mind the bridge that gotwashed away in Gurpur when rain water level raised in the river ? The pillars gave-in due to sand mining. It happened because the pillars were started say.. just two-three feet below the ground below and our wise-men went digging around them to extract sand.

    So, are the British to take glory of the construction of that, or us ? Are Bendakaluru/Mysuru to be blamed for the mining, or us ?

    Blaming others is easy, as Modi blames Congress for even a burp.

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  • Praveen Serrao, Tendel, Patte Cross / Abudhabi,UAE

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    The act of Local people really praiseworthy. One should have big heart and courage to do this Brave act. Hats off to all people who involved in this rescue operation . Its local people presence of mind which helped to save other 3 persons.
    Be untied.....In unity there is lot of power. Let us not fight , but help each other. Let us not keep anger, but love eachother, then you see the word, which will look very beautiful. And same showed by Sankalakaria / Patte Cross local people.

    Onceagain Hats off you Local people. God bless you all. Keep up the spirit of unity.

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    This incident proves wearing seat belt in certain situation is also dangerous!!!

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    You are right JK.

    Now that you are in Dubai, do find out how the top post bearer of Indian Association Sharjah lost his life some years ago. He and his companions fell in the Wharf when their vehicle lost control. All of them were buckled by seat belts abiding by the traffic law of the land. They could not come out because of the same restraint.

    Its not the first time a Belero goes up the Shanbhjavi river bridge. Lets be a bit more careful, lets keep in mind that we have all passengers' life in our hands. Repenting after all is spilled does not bring back the lost life.

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Our Govt officials and ministers are totally corrupt from top to bottom??? They are busy in catching bird sellers, sand mafia Lancha, traffic Lancha, illegal business Lancha...never bothered about innocent people life!!! GOD HAS TO SAVE US

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  • Sanjay Serrao, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Mr. Ivan can we expect a dharana on this issue?

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Next turn is Gurpur Bridge which is going to be complete 100 years. Days are started to count. Instead doing good work ,our MP, Minister, DC and other leaders are busy with Karavali festivals.!!!!!. We want a dynamic DC to improve our District.

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