Raigad: 13 Pune college students drown during picnic at Murud beach

Raigad district police said that those feared drowned are students from Computer Science department of the Abeda Inamdar College in Pune, from where a group of over 120 students had gone for a picnic.

Written by Alifiya Khan , Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Updated: February 2, 2016 3:18 am
sea beach, pune, pune students drowmned Raigad district police said that those feared drowned are students from Computer Science department of the Abeda Inamdar College in Pune, from where a group of over 120 students had gone for a picnic.

Thirteen students from Pune’s Abeda Inamdar Senior College, who had gone for a picnic to Murud breach in Raigad district, drowned on Monday.

The dead include 10 girls and three boys. All of them were aged between 18 and 20 and were studying Computer Science.

The group, comprising 112 students, eight teachers and three non-teaching staff, left the college in three buses at 7 am for their annual excursion.

In the afternoon, while some students were having lunch, others went for a swim. But the tide pulled them into the sea, witnesses said. Locals and fishermen rushed to their help, and the Raigad police and district administration soon joined rescue operations. Rescuers managed to save some students, but 13 drowned, while one boy is missing, said Prashant Burde, Inspector General of Police for Konkan Range.

Ranjankar, a resident of Murud Shekhar, said the beach is at the mouth of Rajapuri creek and during high tide, swirls are formed at the corners due to the incoming force of water. “Locals know this and even fishermen who understand the sea current well don’t enter the waters at this spot,” he said.

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Families of students, meanwhile, rushed to the college campus in panic. Sadiq Kazi, the uncle of one of the victims, Sumayya Ansari, said the family was so shocked that they did not even call on her cellphone, fearing the worst.

As a list of students who drowned was put up in the college, confusion was replaced with grief, and several relatives who had gathered there broke down.

Parvez Shaikh, who lost his sibling Akhtar Shaikh in the tragedy, said his younger brother had “died a hero”. “I spoke to one of the girls who survived. She told me Akhtar saved her life… and he again went into the water to save others students, but did not return,” said Parvez.

Search and rescue operations were continuing till late in the evening. Commander Rahul Sinha, PRO Western Naval Command, said, “Indian Coast Guard has launched a search by one interceptor craft and one Chetak helicopter. One Indian Navy Chetak and one Coast Guard Chetak have been launched by INS Shikra. One Seaking helicopter has also been launched.”

Thirteen students, including three girls, from a Pune college were feared drowned at Murud beach near Alibaug in Raigad district on Monday. Photo by Sudhir Nazare, Alibaug.010216

Dr Jyotsna Mane, manager of the Emergency Medical Services, said they got a call at 4.12 pm from one Mahendra Patil. “By 4.15 pm, the ambulance stationed at Murud Rural Hospital was dispatched. Six students who were rescued have survived, while eight to ten are undergoing treatment at the hospital,” she said.

Dr Kazi Ajmeri from Murud Rural Hospital said the students had gone to the “deep end” of the beach during low tide.

The college management could not confirm whether those who went into the sea knew how to swim.

P A Inamdar, president of the MCE society, which runs the college, said the picnic had been planned by students as an annual event. “Every year, we send children to a different place for picnic, but students prefer the beach,” Inamdar said.

Inamdar, also a trustee of the college, said they did not know “the exact reason for the tragedy” since most people who went to the picnic were “in a state of shock”.

“What we have learnt from teachers and other sources is that no guard was present when the tragedy occurred. Had guards been posted to caution and advise students, the tragedy would not have occurred,” he said.

A senior government official, meanwhile, said a board was present at the beach warning people not to enter the sea.

Asked what the teachers who accompanied the students were doing, Inamdar said, “They were supposed to take care of them, but it could be possible that the student did not listen to the teachers. Youths often defy the orders of elders.”

“Ït would be wrong to blame the college or the management for the tragedy as we take all precautions before sending children on an excursion. We send them written instructions and get an undertaking from parents,” Inamdar said.

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    Rangzen
    Feb 2, 2016 at 10:37 am
    Very tragic to see very young students: 12 #Pune students drown at Murud beach in #Raigad, people of #Tibet condolence to their love one.
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      Sirius
      Feb 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm
      Very Tragic incident . Similar to the incident in Beas river incident in 2014 ...
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        gRaViTy
        Feb 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm
        My home is next to Abeda college very sad news....I cant express how disappointing is this people crying....screaming...one father who lost both of his daughter 😓...some people hoping for their friend to return ....some waiting for missing students...some praying.
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          Saurabh
          Feb 2, 2016 at 6:41 am
          Shameful and pathetic comment. Pity on you.
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            Arsh
            Feb 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm
            I am in that college dut I am that homes , so sad
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              abc
              Feb 3, 2016 at 9:18 am
              Very sad incident happened. Schools and colleges should not entertain such places for picnics
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                abc
                Feb 3, 2016 at 9:52 am
                undertaking from parents is taken which says that we take responsibility of our kid. Parents are not around in these kind of trips it is teachers and management who should take responsibilities.... if they are taking students out.
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                  afzaal
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                  May Allah give sabr to thier family
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                    Anirudh Chaoji
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:06 am
                    This unfortunately is not the first incident. However, we feel that these can be made the last – if small steps are taken. As adventure operators, we have always understood that with adventure, comes risk. Thus to minimize the possibilities of accidents, we have built in simple Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all activities. These can be followed by any individual, family or group undertaking an adventure activity. When conducting water based activities we follow simple 3 step SOPs. And these can easily be followed by anyone. 1. Enter water in small groups. It is easier for a senior/ instructor to keep a count. 2. A good swimmer/ senior/ instructor should always be at the deepest end, where he/ she can comfortably rescue someone in need. He/ she should ensure that no one goes beyond him/ her into the sea. 3. Life jackets save lives – Full stop!!! Do not undertake a water based activity without life jackets.
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                      Anzar siddiqui
                      Feb 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                      So sad ..... that our 13 youngsters...... 😢😢😢 So shocking
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                        a r modak
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                        SAD WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF TURBULENT WEATHER, WHY DID THEY VENTURE OUT? 14 (LATEST COUNT) YOUNG, DYNAMIC SOULS LOST. CONDOLENCES
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                          CC
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 1:56 am
                          Sad news indeed. May God provide solace and strength to the parents of the deceased
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                            Kaliyug
                            Feb 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                            Very sad indeed, I think these people wanted to use the bathroom, since there are none they ventured into the sea to relieve themselves and died doing it.
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                              dv1936
                              Feb 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                              So sad, I wonder if such places have a life guard to help and warn the public.
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                                ah
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 2:48 am
                                inna lillahi wa inna ialyhi rajeoon ........................
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                                  gajala
                                  Feb 2, 2016 at 5:56 am
                                  inna lillahi wa inna ialyhi rajeoon . Allah unke maaa baap ko sabr de or ye logo ki akhrat asan frmaye...
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                                    Gayatri Singh
                                    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                                    It was really a very shocked and a sad news. I on behalf of all the students just pray n wish "May their body n souls respect all of them in peace".
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                                      gulam
                                      Feb 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                                      heartbreaking, may allah(swat) give sabr to all families amen
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                                        Har Prakash
                                        Feb 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                                        Our heart felt condolences to dear and nears of those sacrificed their lives to unexpected tides! All students are an et to this nation. Their parents had lot of dreams about their future. May God give them strength to bear the unexpected loss. Pl do not identify by cast,creed or religion. May all souls R.I.P
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                                          Har Prakash
                                          Feb 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                                          Someone should be held accountable either the college adm or the local beach adm. I agree with Mr Anirudh necessary SOP to be followed whenever any school or insute arranging for a picnic.
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                                            Hindu
                                            Feb 2, 2016 at 6:07 am
                                            The News channel is showing. The Local fishermen WARNED the students that it is High Tide and that particular place is dangerous. The Students refused to heed and they died....They desreved death because they did not listen. NOW every one saying RIP etc etc is bl oo dee nonsense. If you go by Sanatana phiosophy then..they were destined to die those who were not escaped/survived. Elders always say "do not enter water at Strange places".
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