Matunga teenager Shiva Raju Koli, 15, drowned in Banganga in October 2018 and with no ambulance available, he was rushed to hospital on a motorbike but was declared dead on arrival. Shiva had accompanied his aunt, one of the contract labourers at the spot, for cleaning up. After the aunt's shift ended at 1 pm, she realised Shiva was missing. When even after a half-an-hour search she failed to find him, a few locals asked her to look underwater. Some boys from the area who were regular swimmers jumped inside the tank and found the teenager
Two women and a child died and seven others badly injured after the concrete slab covering a well in Jui bungalow, Vile Parle, collapsed in October 2018, plummeting the 20-odd women sitting on it inside. The incident happened during an annual puja that was being performed at the well, around 6.30 pm. The local police along with the fire brigade rushed to the spot. In the evening, the fire brigade started dewatering the well using pumps
A 40-year-old school bus driver drowned in a nullah in Virar on June 2018 while trying to save two schoolchildren, after the vehicle turned turtle during heavy rains. Prakash Balu Patil, a resident of Virar, had recently bought a van and used to ferry children from home to school and back every day. After students were let off early due to heavy rains, Patil was taking the kids home in his van when it toppled in a nullah near Narangi village due to the strong flow of rainwater. Though he managed to save the little ones, in the process, he lost his balance and got washed away. Patil is survived by his wife, three kids and parents
A three-year-old boy named as Golu Singh drowned in a nullah in June 2018, at Karivali village in Bhiwandi. Golu was sleeping in the afternoon at his residence. His parents didn't know when Golu woke up and went outside to play with other children in the rain. While Golu was playing, he slipped into the nullah. The other children started shouting but by the time everyone realised, Golu had drowned
An 18-year-old drowned while swimming in a pond inside Aarey Milk Colony in September 2018. The deceased, identified as Sachin Mizer, and his cousin Suraj Lohar (in the picture) had gone for a swim in a pond behind Ganesh Mandir in Aarey Colony. While inside, they accidentally reached the deeper end of the pond, and began struggling to swim. Lohar managed to get out, but Mizer drowned. Mizer's body was finally fished out from the pond and rushed to the Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital in Jogeshwari, where he was declared dead on arrival
Four youths from Nalasopara drowned, while three managed to save themselves after they were caught in deep waters and high waves at Kelwa beach. According to Kelwa police sources, seven boys between the age group of 15 to 20 years, from Santosh Bhuvan area in Nalasopara, had gone for a picnic to Kelwa beach near Dadri Pada of Palghar district. Around 2.30 pm, four of them swam into the deep part of the waterbody and got caught in the turbulent current. The four youths suspected to have drowned, have been identified as Deepak Parshuram Chalwadi, 20, Dipesh Pednekar, 17, Kshitij Naik, 15, and Tushar Chipte, 15. The three who saved themselves have been identified as Sanket Jogle, 17, Gaurav Sawant, 17, and Devidas Jadhav, 16
Two boys drowned while trying to save their brother, who had fallen into a quarry filled with water, in Chandivli in June 17, 2017. 22-year-old Saddam Abdul Sheikh accidentally fell into the quarry while attending nature’s call. A few residents, however, claimed that Saddam had jumped into the pit to commit suicide. Immediately after Saddam fell, his older brother, Javed, who was in the vicinity, rushed to save him. However, after failing to find a rope, he jumped inside. Saddam held on to Javed’s leg, but the two were unable to help each other. Meanwhile, their eldest brother, Aslam, also jumped to save the duo. While he managed to save Javed, he couldn’t rescue Saddam or himself
In December 2016, three persons among a group of seven died when the boat they were on, on the Powai Lake, overturned after hitting a rod and a fishnet placed in the lake. The three who died have been identified as Dinesh Bhoir (34), Atif Latif Khan (22) and Rashool Khan (43). The party was thrown by Rashool, a Ghatkopar based businessman, who wanted to host his friends on a houseboat parked on Powai Lake. The boat (which is driven by oars) hit a divider — that was constructed in the lake to prevent idols immersed during Ganesh Puja) from slipping deeper into the lake — and overturned. All the occupants of the boat were thrown into the lake. While the rest managed to swim to the shore, Dinesh and Asif couldn't and drowned
In November 2016, a toddler drowned at Juhu beach when her mother fell into the water while carrying her. According to the police, the child, Kayla Kavle, who was a nineteen-months old, was in a baby carrier strapped to her mother's body. The mother, Namrata Kavle had gone to shopping. When she found that the shops were yet to open, she decided to go for a walk to Juhu beach until the shops opened. It was high tide and she was standing at the water's edge, when she lost her balance and fell into the water. With the baby strapped to her, she found it difficult to stand up quickly and lost consciousness. An hour later, visitors spotted her lying on the beach with the child still strapped to her. Unfortunately, the baby had died
In August 2016, a group of seven boys from Nalasopara decided to bunk college and head out to Rajodi beach in Arnala for a picnic. Little did they know that it would be their last trip together. Four of the boys drowned, while locals managed to save three. According to witnesses, while the boys were playing in the water (holding each other’s hands in a circle), suddenly a huge wave pulled them in. The bodies of Sunny Palav (15), Sujit Vishwakarma (16), Rohan Jadhav (17) and Chetan Kalap (19) were found in a 50-metre radius of the beach
In May 2016, 9-year-old Drusti Singh drowned in front of their eyes in a swimming pool in their housing society in Kalyan. Though the pool had a lifeguard to save amateur swimmers like her in times of crisis, he was missing from the spot – despite being on duty – when the child was crying for help. On the fateful day, the girl, along with other children was swimming in the private pool of the Rozaliya society. Soon, the children in the pool started shouting. When curious residents looked outside, they saw Drusti drowning. Her parents also started shouting from the balcony of their home, but by the time they reached the pool, it was too late
The body of a 24-year-old who went missing from home in Khar was found washed ashore near Bandra fort in July 2017. CCTV footage from the Bandra-Worli Sea Link showed that he made his cab stop midway before going over the side rails. The boy, identified as Pawanjeet Singh Kohli, had been nursing a broken heart and secretly looking for ways to end his life after his former girlfriend got engaged. The son of a well-to-do businessman, who resided in the posh Bandra neighbourhood of Pali Hill, had even searched online for the fastest way to commit suicide
A two-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar drowned in an open drain in front of his house one night in July 2017. His body was found two km away from the spot where he fell in. The Vitthalwadi police registered an accidental death case. According to the police, the boy, Sahil Vinayak Shinde, a resident of section 28 in Ulhasnagar, was playing in front of his home, when he slipped and fell into the drain
Tragedy struck a family in Kharghar when a four-and-a-half-year-old boy who had been staying with his grandparents for a year and was to return to his parents in London, drowned in a swimming pool. Manbir Singh Banwayat had accompanied his mother to meet his aunt. Manbir, a British national, was staying with his grandparents at Gokul Dham society in sector 35D. He had gone to play in a garden in Hyde Park Society, which is located in the same sector. After a while, when his mother went out to look for him, she couldn't find him. Soon, many other residents started searching for him. Sometime later, a few of the building's staffers said he had been found floating in the swimming pool. The incident happened in June 2017
Two boys drowned in a pond near Dahisar check naka on June 15, 2017, where they went for a swim with around five other youths. One of the boys, Dhruva Ishwar Prasad Bhudmagar, who studied in Nashik and was in the city for the summer vacation, was celebrating his birthday a day prior. After the celebrations, the friends decided to cool off in a pond near the Dahisar check naka. Bhudmagar jumped in first, but when he failed to emerge from the waters, his friend and Mira Road resident, Prashant Sitharsu (20), went in to look for him. But he, too, didn't come up. The panicking friends, most of whom are school students, then alerted passers-by, who called the police. The bodies were fished out late in the evening and handed over to the boys' families.
A teenager was swept away by strong currents in a Vikhroli nullah and wasn't found despite fire department and BMC launching a search operation. According to police sources, Sohail Qureshi (15) and brother Salman (25) had jumped into the nullah near their home in Parksite Colony, Vikhroli, on June 22, 2017, to fix a broken pipeline. It was raining heavily when the they jumped in. The water currents became stronger and they couldn't swim. Salman managed to hold on to a rock, but Sohail swept away. Locals helped Salman out of the nullah, but Sohail was nowhere to be found
A beach day ended tragically for a group of friends from Vile Parle after two from the group drowned at Juhu beach during a high tide in the Arabian Sea. The friends were identified as Abhishek Madhav (22) and Ankur Vedkar (17). The incident occurred at Juhu Koliwada near the new jetty, away from Juhu beach where lifeguards are posted in June 2017. It was learnt that there was a group of five to six friends who had come to the beach and two of them were pulled into the currents after they entered the water.
In October 2016, Nisha Rathod, a 14-year-old resident of Yadav Nagar, died after falling into a deep water pit, when she had gone there to wash clothes. As the residents have no water supply, they go to to the nearest water pit for domestic use. Nishi had gone to the pit with her brother, Shiva Rathod, and while washing clothes, she slipped and drowned
On the evening of June 27, 2017, a 17-year-old's trip to Marine Drive ended in tragedy as a wave pulled her in and she drowned. Preeti Pise, a Wilson College student, had gone there with her friends to enjoy the rains but failed to pay attention to the BMC warning at 2.39 pm about the high tide. They were clicking pictures and getting soaked in the waves at the promenade. A big wave knocked Preeti into the water. She was found two hours later, but was declared dead on arrival at GT hospital
A 26-year-old accused of rape jumped into the Arabian Sea in a bid to escape from the police, but died instead. A day after he dove into the sea at Gorai, his body washed ashore Manori Dargah on April 4, 2017. The family of the deceased accused of raping a 23-year-old on the promise of marriage refused to claim his body and sought a probe in the matter. His mother reached JJ hospital late on April 4th night claiming a conspiracy by the girl's kin, saying they were against the duo's relationship and had wanted to teach Salman a lesson
In a bizarre incident, a 22-year-old man who had gone swimming at a Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation pool died after he choked on gutkha he had consumed. The police said that the man was a resident of Kalyan and may have swallowed the guthka while swimming. The man and his friends went for a swim to the pool in Dombivali. A life guard at the pool said that the man jumped into the pool but did not come out. The lifeguard then immediately jumped into the pool and brought the man out with the help of others
There have been a number of cases of drowning in the city with the recent being a teenager drowning inside Banganga in Mumbai while rituals were being performed. Several locals were upset about the lack of preparedness to ensure safety at Banganga. In this context, here are some tragic cases of drowning in Mumbai
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