Rajaram Potle sobbed inconsolably as he waited for lifeguards to locate his 23-year-old son, Chetan. Chetan is among the two boys who went missing after they entered a creek near Juhu beach on Sunday. Authorities fear Chetan has drowned.
“He left home early in the morning saying he was going out to play with friends. He did not mention that he would be going to Juhu beach later,” Potle said, tears streaming down his cheeks.
Chetan had recently graduated from Sathye College, Vile Parle, and was looking for a job.
The minutes they received new that their children had gone missing, the families of three boys rushed to Juhu beach, hoping for a miracle. Their hopes faded as the body of 24-year-old Subhash More was recovered at 7 pm.
The families are finding it difficult to come to the terms with the fact that their children, who had left home so happily in the morning, would never return. They said that the outing was planned but they had not told their families about going to the beach.
Subhash’s father, Mahadev More, who works in Cooper Hospital as a ward boy said his son had studied only till Class 10 and was working at Kala Niketan nursing home, a private at Juhu.
“Subhash was a very calm boy and never lost his temper,” More said, his voice choking. “We had never anticipated that they boys would attempt crossing the creek to take a short cut. The creek is very dangerous and crossing it is nearly impossible.”
Dashrat Gosavi was caught between relief that his older son, Mahesh, had survived and grief over the death of his younger son, Kushal. Gosavi said his son had dropped out of college after the first year and started working for a private firm at Churchgate.