Varkala Floating Bridge Incident: 15 Injured After Handrail Gives Way

Varkala Floating Bridge

Floating Bridge Mishap at Varkala

An accident occurred on the floating bridge at Varkala beach, leaving 15 individuals injured, including children and women. The incident transpired when the handrail of the floating bridge gave way due to powerful waves. Upon impact, individuals on the bridge were plunged into the sea. Despite being equipped with life jackets, those caught in the forceful waves struggled to make their way to the shore. Swift action by security personnel facilitated the rescue of those who fell into the sea, promptly transporting them to the hospital. The unfortunate event took place on a Saturday evening.

The district’s inaugural floating bridge, unveiled on December 26, 2023, by Tourism Minister PA Muhammad Riaz, is situated at Varkala beach. This floating bridge, the seventh of its kind in the state, extends approximately 100 meters in length and 3 meters in width from the coast to the sea. Functioning as a sea bridge, it allows visitors to traverse its length in harmony with the undulating waves. The platform at the end of the bridge offers a splendid view of the sea, providing a unique experience for visitors.

With a capacity for a hundred individuals simultaneously, the bridge is secured in place by 700 kg anchors. Operating hours are from 11 am to 5 pm, enabling visitors to relish the sea view during this time frame. The establishment of the floating bridge was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the District Tourism Promotion Council, Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, and Varkala Municipality.

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