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Monday, June 27, 2016

‘Smart’ Mayor, 6 others slip into St Inez Creek

Taleigao MLA criticises 'joyride', says vessel was overloaded

PANJIM: A major tragedy was averted when Corporation of City of Panjim (CCP) Mayor Surendra Furtado and six others, including a video journalist, slipped into St Inez creek during a de-weeding demonstration on Sunday morning. Fortunately, all escaped unhurt but electronic devices like cameras and mobile phones they carried, were damaged in the accident. Incidentally, Sunday also witnessed heavy rainfall.
The incident happened when the weeding machine, mounted on a vessel turned turtle while trying to lift a pile of garbage and other waste dumped along the creek side. All seven persons on the vessel fell into the murky water as a result of overloading.
The machine operator had initially demonstrated the de-weeding process after which the Mayor along with others, including a video journalist boarded the vessel to witness it. However, after traversing a little distance and at the time of clearing the dumped waste, the vessel lost control and capsized.
Taleigao legislator Jennifer Monserrate criticized the manner in which the demonstration was carried out.
“It was a very wrong decision to take so many people (on to the vessel) into the nullah. This machine is not meant for joy ride but was meant only for the operator and a helper. If there was a need, one person should have been taken at a time,” she said adding, “I had informed the Mayor not to take more than two persons. Nonetheless, I am glad no one is hurt.”

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