Harshil Village (Uttarakhand), June 10 (ANI): A mini-tempo traveler carrying twelve Russian tourists plunged into river Bhagirathi on Tuesday leaving two Russian tourists dead.
Ten tourists including the bus driver are believed to have been injured while one tourist was swept away by the river, following the accident.
This was corroborated by Additional District Magistrate, B K Mishra, who said: "The tempo traveler carrying 13 people on board including 12 Russian tourists and the driver met with an accident in Harshil. Two had died, while one tourist was missing. The rescue teams trying to find the missing person, while the injured are being sent to Dehradun."
The bus which was coming from Rishikesh fell from a height of 200 metres down to the river on its way towards Gangotri-which is about 20 kilometres away from where the mishap took place.
The injured tourists who were lucky had ejected themselves out when they sensed the bus slipping into the river.
The villagers who were nearby soon came to the rescue of the injured tourists and with the help of Army jawans from 5 Garhwal Rifles took them to the Army base hospital. The two Russian tourists who were not so lucky had breathed their last.
Meanwhile the administration in Dehradun which is 200 kilometres away from Harshil has sent two helicopters to airlift injured Russian tourists and the bus-driver. By Subhajit Chandra (New Delhi) /Devender Rawat (Uttarkashi) (ANI)