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22-year-old drowns while trying to rescue friend at national park

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2010 00:50 IST
HT Correspondent

In an attempt to save his friends, a 22-year-old man drowned in a pond located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivli (West) on Sunday.

A group of 13 men from Dharavi had gone for a picnic near the pond where the incident reportedly occurred.

This comes two days after two middle-aged people drowned in the same pond.

While nine men from the group sat outside the Ganesh pond, four went in for a swim, according to the police.

Rajendra Thakur, a senior police inspector of Kasturba Marg police station, said the incident occurred near the boating area at 1.30 pm, which does not have security during weekends.

The deceased was identified as Firoz Irfan Shaikh, a resident Dharavi’s 60-Feet Road.

The police said the group of men who work as zari workers went to the pond that is an immersion spot during the Ganpati festival.

“When the boys were swimming, one Taufiq ventured deep into the lake and started drowning. Seeing his friend drown, Shaikh jumped in to save him. However, he could not continue to hit his hands and legs due to exhaustion and sank in. Miraculously, Taufiq managed to reach the edge of the lake and save himself,” said Sub Inspector Sameer Barawarkar.

Meanwhile, when Shaikh began sinking in the water, others in the group raised an alarm and notified the police.

Fire brigade officers were also pressed into service, following which, Shaikh was fished out from the lake in the evening. He was declared dead on arrival at the civic Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli.

The police have filed an Accidental Death Report (ADR) regarding the incident.

Earlier too the SGNP has seen such incidents added the officials.

On July 18, two youth drowned after they were trapped in a deep pond near a waterfall inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.