Despite several attempts by fire brigade officers and the Mumbai Police until late evening on Monday,a teenager feared to have drowned at the Aksa Beach in Malad (West) was yet to be traced.
The Malwani police said Nidhesh Ratnakar Shetty (18),a Bachelor of Management Studies student at Thakur College who lives in Kandivali,had gone to the beach for a swim with his friends on Monday morning.
Police said Shetty,who went to college around 9 am,left for the beach with 12 of his friends,inluding seven girls,for a picnic. The group spent some time at the beach and around 10:30 am,Shetty and two of his friends ventured deep into the sea,while the rest of the group stayed near the shore,the police said.
Owing to rain and high tide,the water was choppy ,the police said. While the other two made their way back to the shore,Shetty,could not.
Senior Inspector Abdulrauf Shaikh said,After Shettys friends could not find him,they informed the lifeguards,police control room and the fire brigade. Although the lifeguards at the beach jumped into the sea to look for Shetty,he was not found. Shaikh added,We have roped in the Coastguard,the Fire Brigade and also local fishermen. Rescue operations are underway.
On July 13,another college picnic at the Gorai beach had turned tragic after three college students drowned in the sea during high tide. Although the police and fire brigade officers recovered two bodies,the search for the third student is still on. The life guards rescued ten other students but the trio could not be saved.