To search for the four people who are feared to have drowned off the Juhu beach in Mumbai, the Navy and the Coast Guard deployed helicopters and started diving operations in the sea area on Friday morning, an official said.
The four of the five people who ventured into the sea for a swim on Wednesday evening are feared to have drowned while one of them, Wasim Khan was rescued, a police official said.
“One each Navy and Coast Guard Chetak has taken off from INS Shikra, Colaba around 0800 hrs to continue the search and rescue of the missing boys off Juhu,” a Defence spokesperson said in a release.
A naval diving team has been carrying out diving operations in the area since morning 0530 hrs, it said.
“The sea condition is very challenging for the diving ops due to strong currents and waves. The divers are using grapnels to avoid being swept by the strong currents. The diving team will be turned around by 0900hrs and continue the operation,” the release added.
According to the police, those feared drowned have been identified as Fardeen Saudagar (17), Sohail Khan (17), Faisal Sheikh (17) and Nazeer Gazi (22).