A teenager and a 24-year-old man drowned during an outing to the Tungareshwar waterfall in Vasai on Sunday afternoon. Ashish Chaurasia, 17, and Pravin Purohit were part of two different groups.
Nalla Sopara resident Chaurasia had recently cleared his HSC and started working at a local factory. On Sunday, he went to his workplace but was told that it was a holiday. “Ashish and three of his friends then decided to head for Tungareshwar,” said a relative.
Purohit was a resident of Bhayandar and did odd jobs. In both cases, the victims went deep inside the water and got caught in whirlpools, said the police.
With heavy downpour lashing Mumbai and nearby areas in the past few days, officials said the streams at the Tungareshwar National Park have seen strong currents.
A team of cops from Waliv police station and firefighters from Vasai-Virar civic body fished out Chaurasia’s body late on Sunday. “We could retrieve Purohit’s body only on Monday,” said chief fire officer Dilip Palav.
Tungareshwar and Chinchoti waterfalls and streams inside national park, which also has a Shiva temple, attract scores of visitors during monsoon. “Excited revellers often don’t realise where to stop and end up meeting with tragedies,” said a police official.