Three Saint Stephens students drown in high tide river

Photo of Kerala river where three Saint Stephens college students lost their lives.

Kerala: In a tragic incident that took place at Paniyeli Poru, a picnic spot around 40km from Kochi, three Saint Stephens students lost their lives by drowning in the high tide river. Reportedly, all those three students named Kenneth Jose from Wayanad, Bahar Aditya Patel from UP and Anubhav Chandra from Bihar along with ten other students were in Kerala for a seven-day trip and were staying at a resort owned by one of their classmates father named Benny Abraham.

In the evening, when all the three friends dived into the river and crossed the off-limits strictly prohibited for tourists meanwhile one of them slipped into the water and was taken away by the current and along with him the other two also drowned while trying to save him. When the resort owner saw this sight he jumped into the water to save their lives but unfortunately ended up losing his own life.

A fire department official went on to say that: “The water level was very low near the banks. The students walked up to the middle and stepped into the water, leading to the tragic incident.”

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All the four bodies were retrieved by 6.30pm and sent for postmortem at the taluk hospital in Perumbavoor. On the other hand, the river stretch at Paniyeli Poru, near Vengoor at Perumbavoor, is considered dangerous due to the deep gaps between the slippery rocks and that was the reason behind the strict prohibition for tourists from entering that area.

The fire department official further went on to say that: “We have fenced the banks of the river along a stretch of 600m but the cottage is located downstream where there is no fencing.”

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