Three boys,on a picnic with six others on the Aksa beach,drowned on Wednesday morning while their companions were rescued by the owners of some beach stalls.
All nine were from Jogeshwaris Hari Pehelwan chawl,and eight of them had ventured into the sea. The three who drowned were Satish Benbansi,18,his brother Akash,10,and Mayur Patel,14. The five rescued included two other brothers of the Benbansis – Vishal,12,and Sunny,13 and Mayurs brother Jai Patel,12,besides Guddu Yadav,12,and Suraj Yadav,14,also brothers.
The nine had gone to the beach at 7 am to enjoy their holiday. Eight ventured into the sea while Ashish Yadav,20,eldest brother of two of the survivors,stayed on the beach to watch their belongings. Around 11.30 or so,when the tide rose,three of them started drowning,having gone in deeper than the rest, Malwani police inspector Narayan Ugle said.
The rest shouted for help and Ashish alerted stall owners who rushed in to try and rescue the boys. The survivors were rushed to a hospital,where they were treated and discharged. The rescuers also pulled out the three bodies.
Satish Benbansi was a BMM student,while Akash and Mayur studied at BL Ruia School and MVM School respectively. They were declared dead at Bhagwati Hospital.
Mayurs father Hasmukh Patel,an electrical contractor said,The boys had been planning a visit to the Aksa beach for the past few days. We had been asking them not to go because of the risk,but they assured us that they could swim …
Ajay Yadav,uncle of the three Yadav brothers,said. I shall always thank God for saving my nephews. It is really tragic that three young children lost their lives. Though all of them could swim and had gone to Gorai and Aksa beaches many times,this time they ventured in too deep.
As the Benbansi family mourned the loss of two sons,Satishs sister Poonam said,As the eldest brother,Satish was the one the others looked up to.