In a tragic accident 14 students from Abeda Inamdar College, Pune were drowned during their picnic at Murud beach.
A group of 116 students of BSc(Computer Science) and 11 teachers & staff reached Murud fort for a college sponsored annual picnic. After their visit to Murud-Janjira fort, a group of 20-22 students decided to go for a swim but a high tide dragged all students into the water. This lead to the death of 14 students which include 10 girls. Local fishermen Mohan Kaku and Ravindra Sakharkar were in the vicinity when tide swept away the student. They managed to save six students 4 boys and 2 girls who then were rushed to the nearest hospital.
Indian Navy Chetak helicopter and an interceptor speedboat were also deployed to carry out the search of the 14th student Saif Madki, who had been missing till Tuesday and finally found floating near beach 18 hours after the incident.
Ignoring the sign put on beach and warning from local fishermen and vendors the students decided to have fun and ventured into the sea without checking the timing of the high tide. And before they realised it, all of them were swept away by the wave. This negligence cost their life.
Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis & Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has also expressed grief over the tragedy.
Most of us give beach first preference for a picnic so we should know that drowning is the biggest cause of accidental death due to unnatural causes and most of these victims are youngsters. On most beaches coast guards keep an eye to avoiding any such accidents but if the beach is not that popular then you have to be very cautious as there is no one to help in an emergency. So please be careful while on such vacations and know about the beach before you plan for it and have a safe picnic.