US: Indian techie, son drown in swimming pool in Michigan

Surepalli, along with his 29-year-old wife and 3-year-old son, had been in the US for three years on a non-immigrant work visa (H1-B) working in Detroit area as a software engineer.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 7:28 pm
Indian techie death, Indian techie death michigan, Indian techie michigan, Nagaraj Surepalli, Indian techie death According to the police, the father-son duo had been playing by the poolside around 3 pm when the child accidentally fell into the deep end of the pool while riding his tricycle. (Source: Nagaraj Surepalli Facebook)

In yet another tragic incident, a 31-year-old Indian techie, Nagaraju Surepalli and his three-year-old son, Ananth Sai, drowned on Wednesday in a community swimming pool in Novi in Michigan state of the United States. Novi Police Chief David Molloy told the Oakland Press that on Tuesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., the police arrived in response to a 911 call to find an unresponsive man and a toddler in the swimming pool of Glens of Northville apartment complex in Novi.

According to the police, the father-son duo had been playing by the poolside around 3 pm when the child accidentally fell into the deep end of the pool while riding his tricycle. The father jumped into five-feet water to try and save his son but accidentally drowned himself. Reportedly, neither of the victims were experienced swimmers. The pool did not have any lifeguard and the two victims were the only ones in the pool area around that time.

“They were not intending to swim, they were just going to sit by the pool, and that was evidenced by what we found at the scene and certainly by what they were wearing. They were not dressed in swim attire”, Malloy told CBS Detroit.

The bodies were rushed to the St. John Providence Hospital in Novi after emergency responders attempted life-saving procedures. The autopsies were performed the following morning wherein the cause of death was declared to be accidental drowning.

Surepalli, along with his 29-year-old wife and 3-year-old son, had been in the US for three years on a non-immigrant work visa (H1-B) working in Detroit area as a software engineer. According to his Facebook profile, he studied at Vignan Engineering College in Vadlamudi.

His friends who describe him as “one of the most jovial, honest, friendly person you would ever meet and always smiling” set up a GoFundMe campaign to financially assist his grieving wife and family. “In the midst of this tragedy, we’ve set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief/recovery support costs. This includes the very expensive process of carrying their mortal remains back to India,” the organizers wrote. At the time of writing this report, the campaign of raising $150,000 has already exceeded its goal through the contributions of 4,067 persons.

Surepalli’s wife, Bindu Naga Raj, is the direct beneficiary of the above campaign. The family hailed from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

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      Parameswaran Nair
      Jun 3, 2017 at 1:53 am
      Unbelievable. I have not heard of a Community Swimming Pool in US. The wife must be compensated by the Government.
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        vr
        Jun 3, 2017 at 2:12 am
        have you lived in Renyal Apartment there it is
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          Raj
          Jun 3, 2017 at 3:06 am
          Community pool means either city pool or apartment pool, don't jump on conclusion. Indian loves water only to throw flowers but 90 don't know how to swim.
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          som d (som dhaval)
          Jun 3, 2017 at 12:43 am
          This is a problem for even the locals here. Yes 5 feet can drown you if you lose balance, are in a rush to save your kid - your first and only kid? It's easy for people to comment but it's a very sad thing and it happens a lot in the US
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            Achoot
            Jun 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm
            Kill ur family member and get away with all the donation money . Scammers
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              Raman
              Jun 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm
              Irrespective of the depth what kills is the panic that sets in. In five feet water he could have simply stood up and move on by picking his baby. But, I blame is recklessness to leave him and his exposed to danger when he does not know swimming! How stupid is that? Anyway, RIP.
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                Gaja
                Jun 2, 2017 at 10:54 pm
                I have definite news that those who are honest and try to whistle blow illegal acts of company that they work are being eliminated by the company. Those companies also approach RAW AND IB to eliminate whistle blowers when they visit India. RAW and IB happily oblige for a return favor of appointing their fit for nothing Brahmin and Keralite relatives as CEOs. Examples are Rajath Gupta of Barclays, Anil Kumar of McKinsey, Rajiv Goel of Intel. All three are convicted criminals who were coercively appointed by bRAWmins. It is said RAW also has hitmen hired in the US. It was exactly for this reason that Devyani Kobragade was arrested and humiliated. She was appointed to hire hitmen and henchmen for such criminal jobs on a large scale.
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                  Swadeshi
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 12:18 am
                  abe gajan pina band kar...
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                  Hindu
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                  There is no current , waves or crocodiles or sharks . It was just 5 feet water in some ordinary pool . How can somebody drown in that . Whats next ? Drowned in a bucket of water or drowned in a gl of water .
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                    som d (som dhaval)
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 12:42 am
                    You are right about current, but when it's your only kid, first kid and the kid falls in water, you don't think straight. Yes 5 feet is more than enough to drown if you lose balance and many other reasons.
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                    Raj
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm
                    Another tragic news from the US and this time under mysterious cir stances. Drowned in 5ft water? Something is not right
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