After giving their last exam in Chembur civic school, six friends went for a jaunt at Juhu Beach on Thursday evening, without informing their parents. However, their adventure turned tragic when 16-year-old Nitin Patil and 10-year-old Amit Jadhav drowned.
While Jadhav’s body was found on Friday at 9 am, a police search team is still looking for Patil.
Residents of Chhatrapati Shivaji Sankool in Santacruz (East), Patil, Jadhav, Pralad Sonawane (10), Yogesh Yadav (11), Sagar Gaikwad (11) and Rahul Diwan (11) study in a Chembur civic school.
The boys reached Juhu at 2.30 pm, and played for sometime. Diwan soon left for home, and the others decided to take a dip.
According to eyewitnesses, as the boys were entering the sea, Ratik Gade, the lifeguard posted at Juhu beach, stopped them as the tide was coming in. However, as soon as Gade left the spot, they entered the waters.
“I told the boys that swimming was dangerous as the tide was coming in. They returned to the shore, but as soon as I turned, they jumped into the sea,” said Gade. “When I returned after some time, I found three of them on the beach, crying. They told that two of their friends, who had gone far into the sea, had not returned.”
Gade rushed to the Juhu Beach police chowky and a search team was dispatched at about 8.30 pm.
After a 10-hour search operation, they recovered Jadhav’s body on Friday morning. “The rescue team is still looking for Patil,” said Senior Police Inspector Dilip Gaikwad of the Santacruz police station. “The body has been sent to V.N. Desai Hospital for post-mortem.”
Meanwhile, Patil and Jadhav’s parents — they are labourers — are still in shock. “Inspite of telling Nitin to come home directly after school, he would often go for picnics with friends,” said his mother Arti. “On Thursday, when he did not return after exam we assumed that he must have gone out with friends as usual. But fate had something else in store for us.”