16-year-old jumps off Vashi creek bridge, res­cued

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 16-year-old boy from Wadala tried to com­mit sui­cide by jump­ing off Vashi creek bridge on Thurs­day night. How­ever, ow­ing to the low tide, he fell into a shal­low part of the creek and was res­cued by the fish­er­men of that area af­ter al­most five hours.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the boy came to Vashi in a sub­ur­ban train around 11pm and then jumped off the old bridge. The wa­ter, howver, was not deep enough and he didn’t drown even though no one was around to res­cue him.

“Around 4am on Fri­day, some fish­er­men learnt about him and picked him up. He was un­harmed and we did not have to ad­mit him to the hos­pi­tal,” said Kailash Wankhade, as­sis­tant in­spec­tor of Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice later in­formed his fam­ily about the in­ci­dent. His fa­ther, a tai­lor by pro­fes­sion, came to Vashi and took him home.

When asked about the rea­son be­hind the sui­cide at­tempt, Wankhade said, “The boy was ask­ing for money from his fa­ther to cel­e­brate his birth­day, but he did not get it. That was prob­a­bly why he tried to com­mit sui­cide. We have not reg­is­tered any case.”

The po­lice said that around 20 peo­ple had jumped off the Vashi creek bridge to com­mit

sui­cide in the past one year. A ma­jor­ity of them were res­cued by the fish­er­men.

“We have writ­ten to the pub­lic works de­part­ment to in­stall CCTV cam­eras on the bridges and put steel nets above the rail­ings. We think this is a cru­cial step for pre­vent­ing sui­cide on the bridges,” said one po­lice of­fi­cer from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

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