New Delhi, June 4: Five members of a family drowned in the sea off the coast of Ratnagiri city in Maharashtra, police said. The seven family members, residents of Borivali in Mumbai, were on their way to Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri for a picnic when the tragedy happened.

Police said that when the family was on heading for Ratnagiri, they decided to make a stopover at Arey Ware beach. The beach is about 15 kilometers from Ganpatipule. They went for a swim in the creek at around 5 pm and got caught in a whirlpool caused by the water from the sea rapidly entering the creek.

Police further said that locals had warned the family not to enter the sea, but they ignored the message.  Despite locals efforts, only one family member was saved.

The deceased were identified as Keneth Masters(56), Monika D’souza(44), Sanomi D’souza(22), Ranchor D’souza(19) and Mathew D’souza(18). Rita D’souza (70) and Lina Keneth Masters (52) were the two family members who were saved by the locals.

All the bodies have been recovered and sent for post-mortem and survivors are being taken care by the police.

Pre-monsoon rains along with stormy winds had lashed several parts of Mumbai on Saturday evening. Flights were delayed and their traffic snarled in most parts of the city. Mumbai will continue to witness rains in the coming days and the intensity of the showers will only increase. Monsoon may start as soon as on June 8, according to weather officials. It must be noted that the movement of the Southwest Monsoon along the western coast is likely to increase the intensity of the rains.