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Delhi registers 112 cases of drowning this year

Over hundred bodies were retrieved and lives of eight persons saved this year by Delhi Boat Club members from the <g data-gr-id="37">heavily-polluted</g> Yamuna river, overflowing drains and canals of the city.

The 17-member rescue team, under Delhi Government, has rescued seven persons alive among 112 cases of drowning so far this year. Last year, eight persons were rescued while 108 other bodies were fished out.

"We have a team of 16 <g data-gr-id="29">divers</g> who are equipped with 13 boats. We carry out <g data-gr-id="33">rescue</g> operation in most polluted <g data-gr-id="30">nallah</g> to fast flowing canals. Yamuna River, Bawana and <g data-gr-id="32">Jaitpur</g> canals are the most difficult spot for rescue," Boat club in-charge Harish Kumar said.

The Boat Club is the only agency in Delhi which performs <g data-gr-id="25">search</g>, conduct rescue and retrieves bodies of people drowned or trapped in water bodies, drains, rivulets and rivers.

According to the officials, last week after a struggle of several hours the rescue team fished out the body of a nine-year-old boy from Seelampur drains.

"Our <g data-gr-id="24">divers</g> are well trained and without caring for their life they carry out <g data-gr-id="27">rescue</g> mission. They have taken a dip in the most polluted water bodies to complete their work," Kumar said.
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