Mumbai trekker slips into a 15-ft ditch under waterfall in Lonavala, dies

Vijay Parmar, 26, is the first trekker from Mumbai to have died this season

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:10 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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Rescue teams remove Vijay Parmar’s body from the ditch.(HT)

An Andheri resident, who had gone trekking to a waterfall near Gidhad Lake in Lonavla, died after slipping into a 15-foot ditch on Thursday morning.

Vijay Parmar, 26, is the first trekker from Mumbai to have died this season. Two trekkers from Pune died on July 10 after drowning at Devkund waterfall in Raigad district.

According to the Lonavla police, Parmar and his four friends trekked to a waterfall near Tiger Point around 9am. The friends were enjoying themselves under the waterfall when Parmar lost his balance and slipped. His friends screamed for help but before anyone could hear them, the current pulled Parmar into the ditch.

“The area is very slippery because it has been raining constantly for the last 72 hours. The locals informed us around 10 am about the incident and a team of four policemen was rushed to the spot immediately,” said Vijay Jamble, a police constable, Lonavla police station.

He added that three people from a local rescue group, Shivdurg Mitra, also reached the spot. However, Parmar was found two hours later by stall owners. “As they were bringing Parmar out of the ditch, the police and rescue teams also
reached the spot and helped carry him to the closest highway,” said Jamble, adding that he was taken to the local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

His friends then informed his family about the incident. “After conducting a post-mortem, his body was handed over to his family,” said Jamble.

HT reported on July 11 that two Mumbai trekkers — Harsh Pitesh Mehta, 28, and Rutika Kapasi, 21, and both residents of Kandivli — suffered serious injuries but survived a 200-foot fall as they were coming down a hill at Peb Fort or Vikatgad, near Neral, Matheran, which is 2,500 feet above sea level. The rescue operation lasted for five hours and the trekkers were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment.

According to Raigad and Navi Mumbai police, 16 people have died and more than 50 have received injuries at various waterfalls and hilly areas around Mumbai during this monsoon.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 08:56 IST