A 31-year-old man Mahesh Shetty drowned in the Banganga tank at Malabar Hill, on Sunday, while he was performing the last rites on the 13th day following the death of his father. Locals, however, managed to save his brother Narendra, 35.
According to the police, Mahesh, a resident of Amar Nagar society in Sasmira Marg, Worli, had gone to Banganga with his brother to perform the last rites of their father.
At 12 noon, when Shetty went into the water to wash a cloth, he slipped after stepping on some algae that had grown over the steps.
“Shetty fell into the water and started shouting for help as he did not know how to swim. His brother dived into the water to save him, but he, too, did not know to swim. Both began to drown, but Mahesh went under within minutes. Narendra was rescued by locals who rushed to help the brothers,” said PSI Vishwas Kashyup, from Malabar Hill police station.
The fire brigade and police officials reached the spot sometime later and after searching for six hours, fished out Mahesh’s body. Both men were taken to Nair Hospital where Mahesh was declared dead on arrival. “We have registered a case of accidental death and are in the process of recording statements of Narendra and other members of Shetty’s family,” Kashyup said.