Navy, Coast Guard deployed to trace four feared drowned

Navy, Coast Guard deployed to trace four feared drowned

A Coast Guard helicopter undertaking search and rescue operation for the four persons off Juhu beach.

The Navy and the Coast Guard have deployed helicopters to search the four persons, who are feared to have drowned off the Juhu beach yesterday, an official said today.

"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.

These four people are feared to have drowned off Juhu beach after a group of five ventured into the sea for a swim last evening, police had said.

One of them, Wasim Khan (22), was rescued. Those feared drowned have been identified as Fardeen Saudagar (17), Sohail Khan (17), Faisal Sheikh (17) and Nazeer Gazi (22), police said.

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