Lifeguards at Juhu beach had a tough time on Friday rescuing eight people including four school students, from drowning.
The first incident took place around 9.45 am when Subroto Mukherjee of the Juhu Beach Lifeguard Association noticed that four boys had ventured deep into the sea.
His colleague, Deepak Chaudhary, first thought the boys were aware of how deep they have gone.
However, when they saw the boys going further in Deepak jumped into the water.
He rescued 17-year-old Powai residents, Girish Paradkar and his friend Datta Bhirunagi, who had bunked school to spend time on the beach.
The two other boys, Bhavin Dholakia (15) and Ashish Nakumb (15), both Class 9 students of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School at Kandivli (West) had ventured much deeper.
It took two lifeguards to rescue them and to bring them ashore.
“They were saved just in time because the waves were pulling them in and even after several attempts Dholakia and Nakumb could not swim back to the shore,” said Mukherjee.
The four boys were kept at the Santacruz police chowkie and their parents were called.
As the lifeguards were taking a breather, they saw 27-year-old Mohammed Mehboob Ali struggle in the water.
Ali, a resident of Kherwadi in Bandra (East), had come to Juhu beach with his six friends, two women and three men to enjoy a nice breezy day.
Ali’s friends decided to stay on the shore but he went in for a swim and got sucked into the water.
“When we saw Ali a few moments after he entered the sea he was quite close to the shore. A little later we noticed that he had gone too far and two of us rushed to rescue him and bring him out,” said Fire Officer Rajesh Shinde.
Minutes after rescuing Ali, lifeguards had to rescue three persons who had entered the sea allegedly in an inebriated state.
“After rescuing them we have started taking rounds of the beach and asking people to stay away from the sea,” said a police officer from the Santacruz police chowkie.