Maharashtra: 5 of the 2 families drown in the beach of Nalasopara, a body found
MUMBAI: Five members of two families who had gone to the Kalamb beach in
Nalasopara for a swim after celebrating Holi on Thursday are feared
to have drowned.
Search operation is on by the fire brigade, private boats and local fishermen.
Six members of the Mourya and Gupta families residing in Gokul Park housing society, Ambadi Road, Vasai (west) had gone to the beach for a swim after celebrating Holi in their building.
At around 2 pm, they entered the water for a swim. As it was high tide, the victims were washed away by the strong water current.
The Arnala police received the call at around 4.45 pm. Police said that the body of Prashant Mourya (17) was fished out in the evening.
Those feared missing are Prashant’s mother Nisha (36), his sister Priya (19), neighbours Kanchan Gupta (35) and Sheetal Gupta (32).
The complainant Dinesh Gupta, husband of Sheetal told the police that he too was swimming. But when he judged that the tide was too high he pulled out of the water and asked the victims to step out too.
However it was too late and the victims got washed away. Local fishermen and other revellers on the beach tried to rescue the victims but in vain.
The victims had celebrated Holi and decided to wash off the colours by swimming in the water.
The beach was crowded with Holi revellers who were on the beach.
The Vasai- Virar fire brigade personnel along with local fishermen are carrying out search for the victims.
The body of Prashant has been taken for autopsy.