Latest Mumbai News: Seven friends, all went to Gilbert Hill precinct in Andheri(west), they had gone to the seafront to celebrate the birthday of Fardeen Saudagar. Three youngsters aged 16-17, were feared drowned off Juhu beach. While three were rescued soon, Fardeen, Sohail Khan, and Faisal Shaikh were missing till late. The fourth, Nazer Ghachi, was declared dead after being washed ashore five hours after the incident.
According to the sources the youths of six had completed class X exams and were looking forward to college, arrived at the Godrej Bungalow portion of Juhu Beach around 3 pm without informing their families. It was high tide and four of them decided to go deep in the water. Suddenly around 4:30 pm they were swept up by a strong current. One of the onlookers Wasim Khan, jumped into the water to save them but the waves pulled them.
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The searching operation was continuing when at 9:30 pm, some from the beach informed the police that one of the teenagers had washed ashore a kilometer away. Quickly fishermen and police went over to find the boy alive. They rushed him to a nearby hospital. “We started the operations, and put up a 2.5Km search bar on both sides of the drowning location.“We also have sought the navy`s help as well. But at night it is difficult to find them” said Prashant Parulekar, a fire officer.
“It smacks of the BMC’s negligence that they were unable to provide proper rescue equipment at the beach. The rescue boat parked near the spot failed to start. This is the most dangerous portion of the seashore. During high tide and heavy rain they should close access to avoid such incidents” said Meher Haider, a local corporation of Ward 66, which oversees Gilbert Hills.