Mumbai: A boy died and two others were rescued after a group of five boys ventured into sea at Mumbai’s Juhu Beach.
This comes as the city is witnessing high tidal waves due to cyclone Biparjoy. Two of the boys are still missing and a search is underway.
Four youngsters are suspected to have drowned at Mumbai’s Juhu Beach, earlier according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), while one was saved by neighbours.
The incident happened at Juhu Koliwada at around 5.30 p.m. when a group of five boys, between the ages of 12 and 15, walked into the water.
“One of the boys was rescued by a fisherman before the fire brigade arrived at the scene, while four others are still missing and a search operation is underway for them,” PTI quoted a BMC official as saying.
A rescue operation has been launched to trace the other four. A Seaking helicopter from the Indian Navy has been sent in to help with the search and rescue effort. Due to dangerous water conditions, diving teams are on standby but are not being sent out, according to the Navy.
Several regions of Maharashtra are likely to experience the impacts of the cyclone, that is passing directly parallel to Mumbai in the Arabian Sea.
Since Sunday night, there had been a few reports of tree falls in Mumbai as a result of gusts of wind. For the next one or two days, the city on the coast is likely to face more waves and occasional showers.
In view of the cyclone, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed two additional teams in Mumbai as a precautionary measure, taking the total to five, PTI reported. The NDRF has also moved four teams to Gujarat.