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Old 22-Jul-2008
Engg student swims off Elliots beach, di

CHENNAI: An engineering college student who ventured into the sea off Elliots beach on Sunday is feared to have drowned. All efforts to trace Karthick (20), a second year student of the Rajiv Gandhi Engineering College in Nemili near Sriperumbudur, were in vain.

Police with the help of lifeguards searched the area for more than two hours but could not find him.

Karthick and friends Yogaraj, Lingeshwaran, Srinivasan and Nagaraj, all from the same college, had gone to Elliots beach to watch the finals of the Chennai Challenger Beach Volleyball Championship. After the match, they went into the sea for a dip.

The five students played a game on the shore initially and later jumped into the sea. After some time, Karthick, seemed to have suddenly disappeared from sight.

His friends panicked and began calling his name loudly. Then they approached the police booth and informed the personnel about their friend.

Sub-inspector M Kalai Selvi from Sastri Nagar police station, who was on duty, swiftly acted. She informed the fishermen from a nearby settlement who regularly serve as lifeguards.

The latter immediately ventured into the sea in search of the missing student. They took catamarans half-a-kilometre into the sea, but couldn't trace him.

In spite of warning boards on the beach, teenagers regularly venture into the sea here. A few months ago, a college student had drowned at the same spot. Sastri Nagar police have registered a case.

Exnora International founder M B Nirmal said his organisation was training fishermen to serve as life guards and that they were doing a good job.

"The problem is in the sea and the solution is on the shore. The government can appoint the fisherman as lifeguards and pay them a resonable amount," said Nirmal.

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