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4-yr old girl drowns as boat capsizes in FatehSagar Lake in Udaipur

Udaipur : An outing in a lake turned tragic as a 4-year-old girl drowned when a speedboat capsized during a joy ride here at the famous FatehSagar lake, on Monday afternoon. The boat capsized after  another boat hit it from the back. Eight persons including the driver fell in the water who were rescued, however, the girl was missing even as the life guards carried out rescue hunt till late. Ekta Saini, the victim was along with her parents  who were taking a joy ride in a speed boat when another boat hit theirs from the back and the boat swamped. Saini has sustained multiple and severe head injuries and is critical, sources said.

“ There were two families of Sumit Sharma and Vidhyadhar Saini both residents of Harmada, Loha Mandi in Jaipur who had come here for vacations. Sumit is a businessman while Saini is a chartered accountant by profession. Along with them were Saini’s wife Deepika and daughter Ekta, Sumit’s wife Pooja, kids Chirag and Reshu and the boat driver Mohsin when the collision took place” Chandra Purohit, circle inspector Ambamata police station said. Prima Facie it is told that the riders had worn the life jackets except for three children.

Ekta who was seated on her father’s lap went deep inside the water who couldnt be searched., while people on other boats pulled these people out from water. Swimmers swung into action to look for the kid but she couldn’t be found anywhere, police said. Meanwhile all the people were rushed to the hospital whose condition was told to be stable.  Since the child’s father is critical and mother in a state of shock, no FIR has been yet lodged but we have started an investigation, Purohit said. Meanwhile, Udaipur Mayor ChandraSingh Kothari too ordered a probe by the Municipal Corporation. “ It is a very unfortunate incident not only for the aggrieved family but for our  city. We will review the tender provisions and check to find out if there were irregularities at the end of the boat operator. Stringent actions will be taken and we will see that no such incident happens in future” Kothari told Udaipur Kiran.

Safety overlooked by boaters at lakeside

With summer vacations around, large number of tourists are here for vacationing and lakes are their favorite hotspots. According to the residents, most of the time, boaters and tourists overlook the mandatory safety provisions during boating at Fatehsagar and Pichhola lake. Wearing a life jacket is a must, however, many times tourists do not pay heed to the advice, nor do the ride operators press them to follow the rules. There are no life guards appointed here to take care of people in cases of emergencies and swimmers have to be out sourced, said Paras Singhvi, a councilor of the Udaipur Municipal Corporation.

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