MUMBAI: Bunking their coaching class and going for a swim with friends cost two youngsters their lives. The duo, part of a group of five, drowned in a well at Goregaon’s Aarey Colony on Thursday. Their bodies were found only after a three-hour-long search operation by multiple agencies.
The victims were identified as Prathamesh Malwankar and Shubham Sharma, both 17.
All the boys were HSC students and lived in the Andheri-Vile Parle belt. They attended a private coaching class at Andheri from 7am to 10.30am everyday. On Thursday, they decided to go for a picnic and left their class at 8.30am. They boarded a bus and reached Aarey Colony’s Unit no. 5 where they spotted a well and decided to enter. The well is nearly 25-foot deep, police said.
“One of the victims did not know how to swim. He was walking on the edge of the well when he lost his balance and slipped inside, around 10.30 am. The other victim, who was already in the water, tried to rescue him but both of them couldn’t get out of the water,” said a senior police official.
Of the other three boys, two were seated outside the well, raised an alarm and summoned local residents. But residents hesitated to enter the water and suggested the boys summon the police. “We were informed around 11.30 am and rushed to the spot. The fire brigade arrived soon after. Lifeguards entered the water but the missing boys couldn’t be found,” the officer said.
Around 2 pm, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was summoned. They traced the bodies within half an hour and sent them for an autopsy. Those who survived are Amit Singh, Vignesh Padwal and Gaurav Chaudhary, all 17.