Around 8.30pm, Shubham Nirmal (18), his brother Shivam, and friends Vijay Marathe (16), Vijay Patil (18) and Sanjay Tawde (20), all residents of Kasam Nagar, a chawl off Veera Desai Road near the Andheri RTO, entered the water to immerse Tawde’s household idol. As they got pulled in by the strong current, they started screaming for help. Fishermen rescued Marathe and Shivam and rushed them to hospital before the arrival of fire brigade.
Through the night, firemen looked for the other three youths. “Search operations were carried out by a flood rescue team and lifeguards, along with navy divers and a police boat,” a fire officer said. They found Tawde and took him to hospit-al, but he was declared brought dead. Shubham’s body was fished out at 10.30am on Monday, a few hundred metres away from the spot where he had drowned. Patil is still missing.
“There are lifeguards deployed at all immersion spots, but since this was not a designated immersion spot, there were no lifeguards,” said Prabhat Rahangdale, deputy municipal commissioner, disaster management. “Serach operation for the fifth youth was stopped on Monday night as Coast Guard divers can’t dive in the dark. We will hand over the operations to the police and will take over if they suspect that the body has been found.”
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