Holi celebrations on Thursday turned tragic for a family as 17-year-old boy drowned in a sea off a beach at Vasai near Mumbai. Moreover, four women – including the boy’s mother and sisters – were missing too.
According to reports, the family was taking a bath after celebrating Holi. After hearing the scream, fishermen and strollers tried to help but failed. Later, the victim identified as Prashant Mourya’s body was pulled out from the sea by rescuers. Coast Guard had joined the search operation to find victim’s mother Nisha and sisters Priya, Kanchan Gupta and Shital Gupta, who are still missing.
Arnala police received a call at about 5 PM. Those missing are the mother of Prashant Maurya, Nisha (36), his sister Priya (19), who is a college student, Kanchan Gupta (35) and Sheetal Gupta (32), both of whom are sisters-in-law.
The complainant, Dinesh Gupta, Sheetal’s hisband, told police he too was swimming but when he realised that the tide was high, he pulled out of the water and told the others to follow suit. The five, however, got washed away.
In a similar case reported from Mahim, a boy was feared drowned at 7 pm yesterday. The fire brigade personnel are carrying out a search operation, while the city police are trying to collect information about the boy.