Three people drowned on Thursday night during visarjan (immersions) when they were carrying their housing society’s Ganesh idol into the sea at Versova.
Appasaheb Kamble (28), his younger brother Deepak Kamble (20), Ateesh Kamble (22) (not related), Anil Thakur (45) and Nitin Sonavane (23) were residents of Panchavati Society, Bhagat Singh Nagar, at Goregaon (West).
The police said on Friday that the bodies of Appasaheb, an electrician, Ateesh Kamble and Anil Thakur had been washed ashore along various points of Versova beach later on Thursday night, while the body of Deepak Kamble, a student, is yet to be found.
The five were carrying the Ganesh idol on their shoulders and had stepped into the sea at Versova at 10.30 pm, when a wave made them lose their hold on the idol and be swept off into the sea.
Sonavane managed to make his way back to the shore. “I lost track of the rest when under water,” said Sonavane, who works as a driver.
“Then I fought my way back and landed on the shore and called to a couple for help who dragged me out,” Sonavane added.
Vibheeshan Tilange (45), a friend of Ateesh’s father Ambadas (53), said: “When the police called, it was to identify Appasaheb Kamble’s body. We had no idea Ateesh had also died.”
Ateesh’s parents Ambadas and Laxmi Kamble (46) were inconsolable and could not speak.
Appasaheb and Deepak’s parents, Namdev Kamble (51) and Janabhai Kamble (37), were not available for comments either.
“I wish the family had not lost both sons at the same time,” Bharath Kamble (37), the boys’ uncle said.
He added that Thakur’s 21-year-old son Jayant had sent his father’s body to his native village in Bihar. The other victims were cremated at Oshiwara on Friday evening.