Mumbai, July 28: A youth was washed away in sea during a high tide at a beach in Mumbai while he was trying to take a selfie. The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Yogesh Gawli who was a resident of Worli’s Siddharth Nagar area.
According to sources close to Dadar police, the incident happened around 2 pm on Wednesday when Yogesh, along with a friend, visited a beach in Worli.
A media report says that the fire brigade has successfully been able to fish out the teenager’s body on Wednesday night. The report also quotes the deceased friends as saying that Gawli had just returned from his uncle’s Ambernath home to his residence in Worli after six months and planned to meet up with his friends at Worli Seaface.
The incident comes days after a 17-year-old girl was washed away in sea during a high tide at Marine Drive on June 28. Preeti Shrikrishna Pise was washed away by the rising tide when she tried to touch the splashes at the Marine Drive promenade.
“I reached the spot a bit late where my friends (including Gawli) were clicking pictures and taking selfie’s. We were a group of 10 friends — eight boys and two girls — and had decided to meet at Worli Koliwada,” another friend of Gawli was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.
According to a police officer, the search operation went on till 8pm. “He was immediately rushed to Sion hospital, where he was declared dead. An Accidental death report has been registered,” he was quoted as saying.
A report states that Gawli was a school dropout and his mother works as a domestic help. Gawli used to work in a company based in Tardeo. His father passed away last year.