Two children, who went for a swim in the Kalwa creek, in Thane, drowned on Wednesday afternoon. The incident took place near the creek along the Kalwa pipeline. The children were residents of the Jai Bhim Nagar slums in Thane.
Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer said, “Four children identified as Kuldeep Rahodiya, 9, Bajinder Sahani, 8, Jeetu, 9, and Dipu, 13, went for a swim in the creek around 12.30 in the afternoon. While Jeetu and Dipu were safely rescued, we were not able to save Kuldeep and Bajinder. One of the firemen, Ravi Pawar, 48 also cut his leg on a glass shard lying in the creek.”
Kadam informed that the children went to play in the creek during low tide. “There was not much water, however the creek was silted. The children went inside and could not judge the distance. They got stuck there and could not return.”
An eye witness claimed that this is a common spot for children to take a swim. Binny Bot, 22, said, “We heard cries of people who saw the children drowning and immediately rushed to the spot. We rescued one of them till the fire brigade arrived, and they rescued one more boy. However, we could not help the other two, who drowned.”