12 dead by drowning in Narmada, Bhavnagar and Surat, search for a missing person


As many as 12 people died by drowning in different cases in Narmada, Bhavnagar and Surat on Monday. A search operation for a missing person is currently underway.

In the first incident, four people, including three women, drowned on Monday in the Rojki dam in the village of Sedarda in Bhavnagar.

Police said the deceased were identified as Nikul Bariya (21), Kajal Baria (21), Manguben Baria (45) and Dakshaben Shial (22), all residents of Sedarda village.

Police said the tragedy happened on Monday morning when the victims went to the Rojka Dam to wash clothes.

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“While the women were washing clothes, the male victim Nikul swam in the water of the dam and he began to drown. Nikul’s mother, Manguben, and his cousins ​​Dakshaben and Kajal also jumped in the water and all four drowned. We have recovered the bodies of the four victims and an accidental death report has been filed on this,” said a police official from Khuntwada Police Station in Bhavnagar.

In the second incident, five people belonging to one family drowned in Karjan river in Mandan village in Narmada on Sunday evening. Their bodies were recovered by SDRF and local police on Monday afternoon.

According to officials from the SDM office at Rajpipla in Narmada, the deceased were identified as Purvaraj Parmar (08), Khushiben Chauhan (24), Jignisha Parmar (32), Janaksinh Parmar (35) and Virpalsinh Chauhan (27), all residents of Bharuch.

Officials say the deceased victims arrived at the village of Mandan, a popular tourist spot on the banks of the Karjan River, on Saturday evening when the eight-year-old child first drowned in the river, after which the family remaining chased him to save him and also drowned.

In the third incident, the bodies of two of the five youths who drowned while swimming at Suvali Beach in Hazira, Surat were recovered by firefighters on Monday afternoon.

With this, three youngsters were pronounced dead and one remains missing while one youngster was rescued in an unconscious state. Search operations are underway for the fifth youth who is still missing.

Fire department sources said a few members of two groups made it one kilometer to Suvali Beach, a relatively secluded spot to swim.

According to the police, the young people were swept away by unexpected high tides. They shouted for help, after which the remaining members intimidated the police patrolling the beach. The police quickly intimidated the firefighters.

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Meanwhile, local divers managed to rescue one of the youngsters, Vikash Salve (21), a resident of Bhatar in Surat. He was unconscious and was rushed to a private hospital for treatment where his condition, since Monday, was learned to be out of danger.

Later on Sunday evening, local divers recovered the corpse of Bhatar resident Sagar Salve (23). The corpses were released to family members after the autopsy on Monday.

“After learning of the incident, our police team arrived at the scene with divers and notified the fire brigade. Of the five missing yesterday, three bodies were found while one was recovered unconscious and his condition is believed to be out of “Another youth, Shyam Sanjay Sautkar (22), is still missing. Attempts are being made by firefighters with local divers to locate him,” said Hazira Police Inspector JB Bubadia.


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