A weekend trip to Mandarmani beach ended in tragedy for three youths who drowned after being swept away by strong waves on Sunday afternoon. One of the bodies has been found, and a search is on for the other two.
According to police, the three friends, all in their mid-20s, were office colleagues, and had been competing over who could swim the farthest, ignoring the bad weather. Suddenly, they encountered strong currents which pushed them even further and they ultimately disappeared in the waters.
Locals dived into the water and recovered one body, belonging to Sumanto Bandopadhyay. Sumanto, along with his two friends, who are yet to be identified, worked in a private company in Newtown, Bidhannagar. They had been staying in a hotel just next to the beach.
Mandarmani, one of the most sought after weekend holiday spots, in no stranger to such deaths. On August 21, three youths had died in a head-on collision while racing on the beach.
Last year, a 35-year-old man had fallen to his death while parasailing. Due to the chain of tragedies, the beach will soon be under strict surveillance. The state government will be installing CCTV cameras on the beaches of old and new Digha, Mandarmani and Tajpur.