INDIA. Mumbai: Lifeguards saved 12 people, including children, from drowning on Aksa Beach in Malad West, North Mumbai, on Thursday afternoon, averting a terrible disaster.
The group had gone to Aksa Beach, which included a huge family.
The three-kilometer-long beach is deemed dangerous, and visitors are cautioned not to enter the water during high tide or if they are unable to swim. However, some of the children entered the deep water. At about 3.51 pm due to high tide and strong currents, they began drowning.
The lifeguards of the “Drishti Lifesaving”, who were present on the beach, immediately jumped into the sea and rescued the drowning children. They were handed over to the head of group one Mohsin Abdul Sattar Shah. Some of the children ran away fearing action by authorities.
Nathuram Suryavanshi, Bharat Mankar, Jayesh Koli, Prasad Baji, Mayur Koli, and Avesh Patil, all experienced Life Guards, took part in the rescue mission.
Speaking to the Transcontinental Times Suryavanshi said that the major mishap was averted since they could reach the spot immediately and rescue people before they went out of sight.
The incidents of the people drowning continue to occur at Aksa Beach. On April 14 a teenager was rescued at Aksa Beach. Similarly, on April 28, three schoolchildren who did not know to swim were rescued from drowning by the same team.
On April 14, 2010, three teenagers drowned. In May and June 2013 two different cases of drowning were reported. In July 2014 a youth around 26 years was drowned.
On June 12, 2000. 12 children residing at Malad East drowned at the same spot. While playing football, the ball was swept away into the water. The boys chasing the ball formed the queue and entered the water to retrieve it. However, they were pulled by the strong current and drowned. Their bodies were retrieved after 2 to 3 days. The incident shocked the entire area at that time.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stationed roughly 124 professional security lifeguards on Mumbai’s top six beaches.
South Mumbai’s Girhaum Chowpatty, Central Mumbai’s Dadar Beach, northwest Mumbai’s Juhu and Versova, and Aksa, Gorai, and Borivali are among them (North Mumbai).