MANGALORE: Sunday’s day out caused misery to four primary school children as they drowned in Somavathi river in Beltangady taluk on Sunday noon.
The victims are identified as Aboobakar Afeer (14), ninth standard student of St Marry’s School, Jawed Hasan (11) of Laila St Theresa School, Jamsheed (7) of St Mary’s School and Sayyid Naseer (11) of Beltangady Higher Primary School.
All the students were residents of Sanjaynagar in Beltangady taluk.
Since Sunday was a holiday, they went to Somavathi river for a swim.
When one of them drowned, another went to rescue him and all the four drowned in a bid to rescue one another, sources said.
Tahsildar Kusuma Kumari went to the spot and consoled the family members of the victim.
Not the first time
It is said that these children had enjoyed swimming in the same river on Saturday as well. The parents did not object to their swimming, as it was their hobby. But on Sunday, this unfortunate incident took place. Six years ago, a student named Pradeep, son of Prameela, a Horticulture Department employee, had also drowned in the same river.