The police took the students' statements to ascertain the exact number of people on board and, if need arises, will press interceptor craft and special patrol vessels for night search operations. According to eye witnesses, the boat was overcrowded and the students were not wearing life jackets.
The crowded boat capsized a few nautical miles off Mumbai coast; in a rescue and search operation launched soon after the mishap, 25 persons were rescued.
The students were on a picnic when the private boat "Dahanu Queen" capsized at around 11.30am.
"Anguished to hear of boat carrying school children capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra".
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Palghar Superintendent of Police Manjunath Singe was quoted as saying by PTI that the three deceased have been identified as - Sonal Bhagwan Surati, Janhavi Harish Surati, and Sanskruti Mayavanshi.
All three were residents of Masauli in Dahanu's Ambedkar Nagar area. Hunt is on to trace a few other missing children. The Palghar police along with fire brigade and coast guard started their rescue operation immediately on receiving the information. Indian President Ram Kovind said his thoughts were with the families of those who had died.
The boat is owned by Parth Ambire and Mahendra Ambire, who are being booked on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the tragedy.