A group of eight people including a professor and 7 students of Maratha Mandal Engineering College drowned in Karnataka. The incident happened at the vyari Bhutnath beach near Malvan town of Sindhudurg on Saturday.
A group of 47 students and two junior professors, who were on a private trip, came to the beach around 11.30 am. Of them, 10 students and a professor ventured into the sea. Eight of them, who had gone deep into the water, got caught in the strong currents and drowned. Sources said many other students were in the water, but managed to swim to safety.
“The principal had approved the schedule for an industrial tour of a Pune company on April 28. But the students and the two junior professors hired a private bus on their own and started for Malvan on Friday without informing the principal,” said college chairperson Rajshree Halgekar, adding that the surviving students and professor will face action.
The three rescued students were admitted to the civil hospital in Oras. Once discharged, they were sent back to Belgaum on Saturday night.
Malvan resident Manoj Chavan claimed that despite three earlier drowning incidents, the local administration has never bothered to deploy lifeguards. Even emergency services are not available on the beach.
Sindhudurg resident deputy collector Vijay Joshi refuted the claim. “One of our lifeguards was present during the rescue operation. The students were provided with adequate help by the district administration. Even an ambulance was provided.”