A 21-year-old unemployed man drowned at Aksa beach, Malad on Wednesday. This is the third drowning at Aksa beach this month.
His friend who tried to save him got into difficulties himself, and was rescued by the lifeguards at the beach.
The deceased, Satish Prakash Servade (21), and the survivor Vikas Telang (18), a student of Ambedkar College, had gone for a picnic to the beach with four other friends from their housing colony in Chembur.
According to Jaywant Hergude, senior police inspector and the lifeguards at the beach, the group of six men ventured into the sea at 1.30 pm. Five of them stayed in a natural water estuary but Servade went into the deep waters and was swept off by a wave from the rising tide.
Two other friends who could swim, as well as Telang went into the deep water to save him but failed.
Telang could not swim and was brought out by a lifeguard, Rajnikant Masgaonkar.
Masgaonkar said that despite warnings, the men went for a swim.
“Visitors say they have not visited the beach unless they go into the sea. They think that we have a vested interest in cautioning them,” he added.
“The people are so adamant that even after seeing the bodies being recovered by us, the visitors were still venturing into the sea. The danger signs and repeated warnings do not have any effect on the picnickers,” said Masgaonkar.
‘I wanted to save him’
I do not know how to swim but could not see my friend drowning in front of my eyes, I was not worried about my life. I wanted to save Satish.
After our board exams, my colony friends and I had planned for an outing at the Aksa beach. We set out on Wednesday morning and we had planned to leave for lunch after a swim.
All of us were swimming in shallow waters when Satish who was the eldest among us said that he wanted to go a little further into the deep waters. We tried to stop him but he had already reached far into the sea. The lifeguards were nowhere to be seen but the beach was crowded and several families were enjoying themselves by the sea.
After a few minutes, we saw a huge wave engulf Satish. He did not cry out for help but three of us dived into the sea to save him. When the tide started rising my two friends swam to safety leaving Satish and me struggling.
I was the only one who did not know swimming and got stuck and started shouting for help. I do not what happened next but when I opened my eyes I was at the shore surrounded by people and lifeguards.
I was taken to Bhagwati Hospital and discharged after treatment.