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15-yr-old boy drowns off Juhu beach

The Merchant Vessel Wisdom, which is currently stranded off Juhu beach, has been drawing large crowds and has become a crowd control nightmare.

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2011 00:43 IST
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The Merchant Vessel Wisdom, which is currently stranded off Juhu beach, has been drawing large crowds and has become a crowd control nightmare.

In the second such incident this week, an unidentified 15-year-old boy drowned at Juhu beach after he tried to venture too close to the stranded ship.

The boy ventured into the sea with his four friends. Though his friends didn’t get too close to the stranded ship, he went too close and was swept away.

According to the fire brigade officials, the group was asked not to go too close to the merchant vessal and was asked to be on the other side of the barricade. But finding an opportunity, they sneaked in.

“When these boys were going towards the ship, the lifeguards yelled at them and four of them came back. One boy refused to heed our warning and continued to be very close to the vessel,” said a fire brigade official at the beach. His four friends fled soon after.

Fire officials have admitted that lifeguards and fire officials posted at the beach have been disgruntled about the lack of police security for controlling the crowds at the spot.

The beach has four lifeguards and two senior fire brigade officials. In order to save the boy, the crew inside the vessel threw ropes towards him but he couldnot be saved.

Voluntary lifeguards from Juhu Beach Lifeguards association and officials from the fire brigade searched for his body for over three hours but the body could not be fished out.

A team of navy divers were also called in, but due to poor light, the operation was called off. “The rescue operations were suspended due to darkness. We will continue the rescue operations tomorrow morning,” said AN Shinde, chief fire officer.

Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said that considering that the number of people visiting the beach has gone up due to the ship, they will augment the number of lifeguards at the beach.

Madhukar Chaudhari, senior police inspector from Santacruz police station said, “We have registered a case of accidental death and do not suspect any foul play. We are trying to identify the deceased.”

This is the second incident in this week. Last Sunday, four boys were almost drowned, as they tried to get closer to the ship.