Timely help saves coastal patrolling team
In what could be termed as a daredevil act in the midst of the sea, the Coastal Police of the Mumbai Police on Monday evening saved the lives of five officials of the coastal patrolling team whose boat got stuck in the high sea due to technical difficulties.
The incident happened on Monday evening when a police patrol boat 'Kaveri', carrying five staffers embarked on their patrolling duties from Bandra jetty. When they reached somewhere near Raj Bhavan, the boat's propeller suddenly developed technical difficulties, due to which the boat stalled. The officials were meanwhile unaware of the incident.
When water started entering the boat due to turbulence in the sea, the officials felt that they were losing their balance in the boat. As the water level came to their knees, everybody engaged themselves in throwing out the water from the boat.
Finally after informing the Mumbai Police control room about the incident another boat with jetty officials started searching for them in the sea.
According to constable Yuvraj Sawant from Bandra Jetty (Sagri 1), who was present in the boat, “We were patrolling in the evening around Raj Bhavan, Haji Ali, Girgaon Chowpatty, etc, when suddenly we heard noises from the propeller because of which we stopped the boat, but what happened next was very shocking.
Within in a minute water started coming inside the boat. We started bailing out the water after asking the Mumbai Police control room for help. The boat, which was sent to pick us up, took some time to reach as they were unable to find us as our lights were switched off, and there was darkness everywhere. After the incident we were taken to the Bandra Jetty and our boat was towed into the jetty by another boat. Four officials who were with me were from ''Noka Department'' including the driver of the boat.''
The DCP Port Zone, Rashmi Karandikar, said: “It was just a technical fault, we cannot comment more about the issue.''
The Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sagri 1 (Additional Charge) said: ''The incident took place in the sea and the water entered the boat due to heavy winds. The five people on board were saved.''
On Wednesday last week a speedboat carrying senior officials from the state and workers from the Shiv Sangram party capsized, claiming the life of Santacruz resident Siddhesh Pawar (20). The incident has called into question the safety of the sea route to the rock on which the Shivaji memorial is proposed to be built.
Mete was scheduled to inaugurate the proceedings after a pooja along with Chief Secretary DK Jain and Manoj Saunik, Principal Secretary of the Public Works Department (PWD), who all were present in the boat which capsized.