Two college students sitting on the rocks at Bandstand sea face in Bandra were stranded as high tide set in on Monday afternoon. They were rescued by the fire brigade in an effort that lasted more than an hour.
Both are residents of Sakinaka.
While the 21-year-old man is pursuing BSc (IT) from Somaiya College in Vidyavihar, the 19-year-old girl is a SYBCom student from a college in Parel.
While speaking with Hindustan Times, the youth said that they came to Bandstand around 11 am. There were 30-35 couples sitting there at the time, he added.
He added that about an hour later, both of them found that the other couples had left and they had been surrounded by the rising tide.
“I called out for help to a man, in his 40s, who was fishing there. He said not to worry as the water would recede by 1 pm.”
At around 1 pm, the man assured the couple that the water would recede in another couple of hours. With the water showing no signs of receding, the youth said: “I then sent an SOS call to the fire brigade control room for help, after failing to get through to the police control room.”
Police officials said that the fire brigade officials rescued the couple.
The officials added that this was the first time in the last six-seven months that such an incident had taken place at Bandstand beach.
“The duo’s parents have been summoned to be told about their wards,” Senior Police Inspector Prakash George of Bandra police station said.