Eight college students died after drowning in the sea at Wairi beach in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra on Saturday. According to initial reports, the 8 students were a part of a students’ group of 40 from Maratha Engineering College in Karnataka’s Belgaum. The students were on a college tour, reported ANI.
#FLASH Maharashtra: 8 students dead after drowning in the sea at Wairi beach in Sindhudurg district. The students were on a college tour.
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 15, 2017
The police are investigating the entire incident. Speaking on the incident, Dr V Udipi, the principal of the Maratha Engineering college, Belgaum said that the students went to the beach without any permission. “50 students went without permission. Going to the spot with an ambulance,” he said. More details awaited.
Similar incidents of students drowning during their college visits have occurred in the past. In February 2016, 14 computer science students of a Pune college drowned during a picnic tour at Murud beach. All the 14 students were aged between 19 and 23 years and they ventured into a treacherous sea off the Murud beach despite several warning from the school authorities.
In July 2015, six persons belonging to Chembur had also drowned at the Murud beach while they were on a picnic.