- Four people went missing after they went swimming near Juhu Beach
- Three bodies were found by Friday morning, the police said
- Police say the boys had gone for a swim during high tide, sea was stormy
Helicopters of the navy and the coast guard and divers braving powerful waves continued to search for a boy still missing after five of them went swimming near Mumbai's Juhu beach on Thursday evening getting caught in the high tide. Bodies of three boys were recovered by Friday morning while a fifth was rescued alive by life guards.
"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 Ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
A naval diving team has been carrying out diving operations in the area since morning 5:30 am, it said. "The sea condition is very challenging for the diving ops due to strong currents and waves. Divers are using grapnels to avoid being swept by the strong currents," it added.
Four people were feared to have drowned off the Juhu beach after a group of five went into the sea for a swim last evening, the police had said. One of them, 22-year-old Wasim Khan, was rescued. The bodies of Fardeen Saudagar, 17, Sohail Khan, 17, and Nazeer Gazi, 22, have been found while the search is still on for Faisal Sheikh, 17.
"The sea was rough and there was high tide when they ventured into the sea for a swim at around 5:30 pm," senior police officer Paramjit Singh Dahiya tolde news agency PTI.
The five boys were residents of DN Nagar area in suburban Andheri, police said.
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(With Inputs From Agencies)