More than 40 hours of search and rescue operations carried out by the Coast Guard, Fire Brigade, and Bandra police were not enough to track down the bodies of an 18-year-old girl who drowned off Bandra Bandstand along with the man who had dived in to save her on Saturday.
Tarannum Ansari, 18, Anjum Khan, 19, and Mustareem Khan, 19, were clicking a selfie at the edge of the promenade opposite Taj Lands End hotel when they slipped and fell. While Mustareem managed to hold on, the two others were dragged away by a huge wave. As they shouted for help, Ramesh Walunj, a local, jumped in to save them. While he helped Mustareem pull out Anjum, Tarannum was nowhere to be seen following which he dived in the water. Since then, the duo has not resurfaced raising fears of them having drowned.
Bandra senior police inspector Ramchandra Dhawale said that have been trying to locate the duo in coordination with the Coast Guard, Fire Brigade and Sagri police station, but have had no luck yet. “Eventually we will find them washed up to some shore. But efforts are on to locate them,” he said, adding that in the past, they have faced situations where couples sitting by the promenade failed to realise that they have been surrounded by a high tide till it was too late. “To curb this menace, we have trained several locals like Walunj who stay nearby and asked them to respond in such situations,” Dhawale said. Meanwhile, several politicians including local MLA Ashish Shelar paid a visit to the Bandra residence of Walunj, where his wife Kalpana, daughters Raveena (16) and Mansi (14), and son Hriday, who will turn three years in April, were present. A natural swimmer, Ramesh was known to help out people in crisis like he did on Saturday. A family member said that while he may have saved two lives, his family lost their sold breadwinner.