Indian Navy Diving Team successfully located the ill-fated vehicle drowned in Dikhow River in Sibsagar, Assam .
By Anil Poddar
The Indian Navy Diving Team from Eastern Naval Command in Vizag successfully located the ill-fated vehicle drowned in Dikhow River in Sibsagar District, Assam after two days of search operations on 05 Sep 18 in extremely challenging and hazardous conditions.
The team confirmed the presence of five dead bodies inside the vehicle and assisted Army, NDRF, SDRF and District Administration personnel in the recovery of the vehicle.
Haren Bora( 52 ), his wife Phunu (45), his mother Punou(85), and the couple’s two daughters Simpi( 21), and Munmi(18), stayed at a rented house in Guwahati. They went to visit their ancestral house at Mitong Nakatani village in Dikhowmukh on Saturday.
The diving search operations commenced with first light on 04 Sep and had to use side scan sonar for the visibility was poor due to strong currents and varying depths ranging from 3 meters to 15 meters. Search was undertaken to almost 3 km downstream in nil underwater visibility conditions.
The 10 member Naval Diving team was airlifted from Vizag by IAF AN32 aircraft on 03 Sep at the request from District Administration of Siva Sagar District in Assam to locate a vehicle which had been reported drowned along with five members of a family in Dikhow River at Dechial village of Siva Sagar District in the night of 01 Sep 18. The diving team is being de-inducted.