Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado, two journalists and four others had a lucky escape when the weed-removal mechanism outfitted boat they were in capsized in a creek.
The mayor had to be dragged from under the boat, even as all others onboard escaped unhurt but ended up drenched in the sewage-lined water of the creek, swollen by the monsoon torrents.
The media had been invited to cover the de-weeding process of the Campal creek by the mayor himself on Sunday morning.
"I am lucky to survive. It is God's grace," Furtado said, after he was pulled ashore by onlookers.