The Merchant Vessel Wisdom, which is currently stranded off the Juhu beach, has been drawing large crowds and has become a crowd control nightmare, after two young boys almost drowned in their attempts to get a closer look at the cargo ship.
On Sunday, a 14-year-old Ankit and a 12-year-old Kunal (second names of both not known yet) were swept away, as they tried to get closer to the ship. Fire brigade officials said that though Ankit is said to be out of danger, doctors at Cooper Hospital, where both were admitted, have kept Kunal under observation for 48 hours.
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.
A senior fire official, on condition of anonymity said, “We have very limited staff present on the beach and currently there are crowds on the beach comparable only to those seen during the Ganapati immersion. Hence, police officials need to take more responsibility in ensuring that they cordon off the area.”
Police officials, however, denied a lack of security. Senior police inspector of Santacruz police station, Madhukar Chaudhari said, “There is adequate security around the coast, and it is not possible to monitor everyone who comes to Juhu.”
Currently, the fire brigade has posted three lifeguards, three officials from the civic Quick Response Team and one fire fighter at the site. “This is not enough,” said the fire official.