The craze for a selfiesnatched the life of a 56-year-old railway employee at Dighaon Wednesday morning when he stepped over the sea guard wall to pose on the boulders and got swept into the sea by a giant wave.
Chandan Mukherjee’s family watched in horror as a sudden wave crashed into the guard wall of the Biswa Bangla Udyan beach in Old Digha and pulled him into the gurgling waters. Minutes before, eyewitnesses said, Mukherjee had been warned by life-guards (nulias) not to climb the guard wall or descend on the boulders as the sea was rough during high tide.
On Monday, two teenagers had drowned while bathing in the sea at New Digha
The family from Kanchrapara — Chandan, his wife Nivedita, son Chirantan, daughter Chandrani and her husband — had been holidaying in Digha since Sunday. Early Wednesday morning, the entire family went to the beach to see the giant waves during high tide.
Around 6am, Mukherjee stepped over the guard wall and descended on the boulders to take a selfie. Some ‘nulias’ who were passing by, spotted him and made him climb back and warned him not to do so again. But Mukherjee paid no heed and again descended on the boulders as the nulias walked away. This time, a giant wave knocked him down and dragged him away.
Mukherjee’s family frantically screamed for help and his 19-year-old son ran to call back the ‘nulias’, who immediately launched a search but could not trace him. Two hours later, Mukherjee’s blood-stained body surfaced near Sea Hawk Hotel, 500 metres away, as the waves receded. The nature of injuries suggested he had smashed his head against the boulders before being tossed into the sea. The body was sent to Digha hospital for autopsy.
“As the sea is usually rough during high tide, police and ‘nulias’ regularly request tourists not to step over the guard wall. Despite warnings, some tourists do so. That is when such unfortunate accidents happen,” OC Digha, Basukinath Banerjee, said.
Source – TOI