A 41-year-old businessman from Mumbai’s lokhandwala lost his life while trying to save a drowning dog from the sea off the coast of Dubai. He didn’t think twice before jumping to the dog’s rescue. But tragically, he couldn’t made it out alive and by all accounts, neither did the dog. Nitin Shenoy, a resident of Lokhandwala, Andheri (W), was the founder of the IT company, Tejora Technologies Limited. He frequently went to Dubai for business and had friends there. On the night of 9 April when the incident took place, Nitin was staying in a plush sea-facing bungalow at Palm Jumeirah. He was at the meeting with some of business associates and got up for a stroll a few minutes later. Along the beach he spot a dog drowning and jumped in to save him. According to reports that dog belonged to a friend and was pulled into the deep sea by the currents. She requested Nitin to rescue the dog, who willingly jumped in but the strong currents pulled Nitin into the deep sea. It was her scream for help that alerted others but by the time help arrived, it was too late.
Meanwhile at the time of the incident, his wife Surabhi was in Mumbai. She flew out to Dubai immediately. The Al Barsha police arrived at the spot with divers, who pulled Nitin out of the water and rushed him to Al Maktoum Hospital, where he was declared dead. The body was later sent for a post-mortem, and the cause of death was confirmed as drowning. The police recorded the statements of every person present in the house that night, to rule out any foul play. Surabhi’s statement was recorded, and she was shown the passports of some of the visitors present at Nitin’s bungalow that night. She knew all of them and ruled out any possibility of foul play. His family now had to face more challenges before they could bring the body home for the last rites, as the UAE authorities did not release the body until April 13, after all formalities were over.