Three MBA students drown in Mulshi

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 3 May 2019

A policeman said, “One of the students was drowning, when the two others tried to rescue her. But all three drowned before help could reach them. With the help of PMRDA fire brigade and local residents, the bodies were fished out by noon.” Police Inspector Ashok Kadam, in-charge of the police station, said, “We have informed their parents and university authorities. As the students are traumatised, we are yet to ascertain the exact sequence of events leading to their drowning.”

Pune: Three MBA students, including a woman, drowned in the backwaters of the Mulshi dam on Thursday morning. The tragedy took place when the trio, part of a 10-member group of students, was taking a swim in the backwaters of the dam, located about 48 km from Pune.

The police identified the deceased as Sangita Negi of Delhi, Shubham Sinha of Bihar and Shiv Kumar of Uttar Pradesh, all aged 22. All were studying MBA at the Bharati Vidyapeeth.

According to the information given by Paud police station under Pune rural police, a group of 10 students had reached the spot near Valane village on Thursday around 7 am. The three ventured into the backwaters for swimming and drowned as they could not gauge the depth of the water. While they were drowning, the other students raised an alarm.

A policeman said, “One of the students was drowning, when the two others tried to rescue her. But all three drowned before help could reach them. With the help of PMRDA fire brigade and local residents, the bodies were fished out by noon.” Police Inspector Ashok Kadam, in-charge of the police station, said, “We have informed their parents and university authorities. As the students are traumatised, we are yet to ascertain the exact sequence of events leading to their drowning.”  

Water bodies need monitoring
Kavita Sharma from Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) said, “These kinds of mishaps happens due to lack of monitoring of water bodies. Secondly, and most important reason is lack of awareness among people. It is very important to educate people about safety skills in the water and how they can save others. Such programmes should be made mandatory at the school level so that each of us is well equipped with safety skills. Another thing, if you are planning for such recreation and it involves water activities, it is important to have life jackets. Individuals should be careful during water recreation as life is precious.”

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