“I’ll never go close to any beach ever again,” said a shaken Datta Bhirunagi.
The 17-year-old Class 10 student of a Powai school and his friend, Girish Paradkar (17), had bunked school to go to Juhu beach and have some fun.
Instead, the duo was among eight boys who ended up having a near-death experience in the sea.
Datta, a resident of Jai Bhim Nagar at Powai, was on his way to extra classes when he bumped into Girish at 8 am on Friday. Datta suggested that they bunk school and go to Juhu beach. Girish agreed.
“We took BEST bus number 427 from Powai to Juhu beach. We reached around 9.15am,” Girish said. On the beach, the boys met Bhavin Dholakia and Ashish Nakumb, both 15-year-olds who had also bunked school. Dholakia and Nakumb are Class 9 students of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School at Kandivli. The boys became friends and decided to go for a swim.
They left their bags and clothes on the sands and jumped into the water.
A few minutes later they heard lifeguards whistling and asking them to get out of the water. “A lifeguard came and pulled us out. Dholakia and Nakumb had ventured deep into the sea and it appeared that they were trying hard to come out but could not due to the force of the waves,” Girish said. Two lifeguards swam towards the two boys and rescued them.
The four boys were taken to a nearby police outpost and their parents were informed.
Parents of Dholakia and Nakumb rushed to Juhu and reprimanded them before taking them home.
Datta and Girish, meanwhile, returned home scared and have now decided to stay away from the sea.