A Sunday picnic to Marve Beach after a cricket match turned tragic when three boys drowned near the jetty,police said.
Jeetu Dattaram Taaste (14),Mayur Gyaneshwar Gaikwad (12) and Shiva Ashok Gupta (12) drowned after they were pulled by strong currents around 2 pm.
The three were residents of Nivetia Compound near the railway crossing in Malad(East) and studied in different schools in Malad and Goregaon,police said.
The three,along with six friends from the colony played cricket till 1 pm and decided to go for a picnic. After reaching Marve jetty,they jumped into the water.
Fire brigade officials said a while later,their friends heard them cry for help. They called the police control room,who in turn alerted life guards at Aksa beach.
The life guards tried to trace the three in vain. Fire brigade officers conducted a rescue operation,but couldnt trace the bodies either.
Lifeguards said keeping a watch on every one was difficult,especially during weekends as gthe beach gets crowded. We could not see the boys as they jumped into the water near the jetty, said RD Soares,fire brigade officer.
A Shaikh,senior inspector,Malwani station,said they were waiting for fire brigade officers to trace the bodies. The parents rushed to the spot after being notified by police.
BMC has also temporarily deployed 46 fishermen to help the 23 lifeguards search for the children. As part of its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for beach safety,six teams of firemen and fire officials have been stationed at the beaches.