Mumbai: Bodies of the five members of a family, who drowned off the Ratnagiri coast on Sunday, arrived in Mumbai on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Kenneth Masters, 54, his sister Monica D’souza, 44, Sanomi, 22, Rech,19, and Mathew,18. The two members of the family who survived are Kenneth’s wife Leena, 52, and Monica’s mother-in-law Rita (70).
The bodies are in the morgue at Kandivli’s Shatabdi Hospital, as relatives from Australia and Canada, are expected to reach Mumbai. The funeral will take place on Wednesday. Sources said Kenneth had planned to purchase property in Ratnagiri and they had left together in a cab from Borivli for Ratnagiri on June 2. Deputy Superintendent of Police of Ratnagiri Ganesh Ingale said, “The autopsy of all the five bodies were conducted at a civil hospital in Ratnagiri. Their post mortem reports reveal that they all died of drowning. We have recorded the statements of five people, including the survivors, the cab driver and a relative who reached here from Mumbai.”
The bodies, wrapped in plastic and draped in white, reached Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivli (W) at 5.05pm. Some relatives and family friends too reached hospital but they were too distraught to speak. Mariam, a close relative of Kenneth, told The Free Press Journal that she got a call from Leena on Sunday evening. “She was completely terrified. She told me that all of them had gone inside the sea to bathe but the high tide swept them away. She somehow managed to come out of the water and alerted the local authority and fishermen,” said Mariam, a Ghatkopar resident.