A 22-year-old man was feared drowned at Juhu beach after he had gone with his three friends for a swim on Sunday. The incident occurred around 1.30pm when Abrail Gulam Mohammad Shaikh was pulled in by the strong current of water. This is the second incident in the past three days at Juhu beach after Irshad Qureshi, 26, resident of Bandra, who had gone along with his two other friends on Friday, drowned.
“The fire brigade department and life guards posted on beach were alerted soon after the incident. The search operation began from afternoon but they did not find him yet, said senior inspector Shantanu Pawar of the Santacruz police station.
According to the police, Abrail Gulam Mohammad Shaikh is a resident of Behram Nagar area in Bandra (East) and works in a Bakery at Bandra. His friends are also residents of Bandra and they met around 11am and decided to go to Juhu beach for a swim
They reached the beach around 12.15pm and entered the water soon after. Around 1.30pm, the three others noticed that Shaikh was not around them. So they started searching for him and saw that he was being dragged in by the current and was struggling to stay afloat, said a police officer.
The trio then rushed out of the water and informed other people standing on the beach. The Mumbai police control was informed about the incident. The fire brigade officers and policemen from Santacruz police station reached the spot while life guards also rushed there and they started a search operation, said a police officer.
Manohar Shetty the lifeguard on duty told HT, “We conduct patrolling on the beach and always warn people about not going inside during high tide. We don’t have a vehicle and patrol by foot. We were five guards on duty at the time. The beach is 4 ½ kilometres long and nowadays it is difficult to handle as the beach gets overcrowded owing to summer vacations”.
Shaikh’s family was informed about the incident. His parents and younger brother along with few neighbours visited the spot and later went to the police station, added the officer.
younger brother along with few neighbours visited on the spot and later they were taken to the police station, added officer.