Young girl pulled away by giant wave during high tide, dies

Daijiworld Media Network-Bhatkal (RJP)


Bhatkal, May 29: A 21-year-old girl died after she was pulled away by a giant wave during an unexpected high tide. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon, May 29 at Gokarna beach.

The deceased has been identified as Pranitha Mehta (22). She was from Rajasthan. A group of 5 college friends, 4 girls and 1 boy from Jodhpur Law College in Rajasthan, had come to Gokarna after visiting Mumbai and Goa on Saturday. They had visited the beach on Sunday where the tragedy took place.

As per details of the case, the friends were at Gokarna beach, and were sitting on some rocks which were about 10-15 feet above sea, when due to unexpected high tide, 3 of the youngsters, including the deceased, were pulled away by a giant wave. Two of them were brought back to the shore by another wave, but the deceased, whose glasses had come off, continued to struggle as she held on to a rock for support. Unfortunately, she lost her grip, and was carried towards the deeper end of the sea by the waves.

The friends promptly called the police as well as the management of the hotel they were staying at, and proceeded to seek help from the local residents from a nearby village. By the time they did send some help, about forty minutes had already passed and the deceased was out of sight. She was brought back ashore on a boat by some of the local fishermen, and was pronounced dead by the authorities. Her body was taken for post-mortem and was handed over to her relatives afterwards.

It had earlier been reported that Pranitha died while trying to take a selfie, but it has now emerged that it was not the case.

A case has been registered in Gokarna police station limits.


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  • Tanvi jain, Jodhpur

    Thu, Jun 2 2016

    Pranita di is my neighbor n she was not clicking any selfies...she was sitting on a rock wid her one of the friend n an high tide wave swept them both away.her friend returned but pranita di lost her glasses in water n was nt able to see anything properly n fought for life for almost an half an hour. Her friends ran half a km away to a village for help but their no one could understand their language.they reported in nearby police station n when they returned to the beach they found her dead...

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  • Priyavrat Parashar, Chandigarh

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Dnt criticize her for any selfie and all. She was the future of this country, I have worked with her, has seen her brain. She was the most intelligent girl to whom I have ever came across rest in peace Pranita.
    You will be remembered ALWAYS

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  • the truth, jodhpur

    Wed, Jun 1 2016

    she slipped from a boulder and did not fall from lighthouse clicking a selfie , had she fallen from lighthouse clicking a selfie her phone should have been damaged as well , which is intact with her parents , and neither do any reports mention same.
    and also any one with reasonable mind and knowing the area would know it is impossible to slip from a light house directly into sea
    plus you need permissions for same
    just be a little sensitive towards the bereaved family

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  • Wilma Serrao, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    A bridge that cannot withstand a third standard kid, i think the tragedy says everything, Corruption killing everyone.

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  • anonymous ,

    Mon, May 30 2016

    This girl Pranita Mehta was a real genius , best in class , she cracked NLU banglore in first but due to personal reasons decided to stay in NLU jodhpur . Represented her college in many international competitions and well won the most . She came out as a student with highest paid packages of her batch and whole university was darn proud of her .Dont know what god has decided for her .
    God bless her .

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  • Alwyn Gomes, Mumbai

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Such a tragic incident. May Pranitha's soul RIP. God had his own plan and reserved a better place for her in heaven.

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  • Flavaian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, May 30 2016

    So many incidents of bad falls or inflicting injury while taking a selfie.
    Selfie turned into self destruction.
    Please learn from the incident and exercise care when taking a selfie.

    Very sad. R.I.P.

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  • Kusuma Kumari Chitti G Nellore, Kodyadka

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Young people these days must be very careful when taking selfies I here many news of such deaths All I can say to young people is be careful when taking selfies Otherwise unwanted deaths might happen Just be careful

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  • Mohandas Kumar, Kanekarabettu

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Clicking selfie our Prime Minister Modiji during his Maan ki Baat programme gave call to parents to share Selfies with their daughters,since 2015 because of selfie many youths lost their life..

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Imaam Saabi and Gokulaashtami!!

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, May 30 2016

    hello... are you gone crazy... please don't pull Modi for this. Tomorrow your wife delivers and you will blame Modi for that. what a crazy thoughts... come on...

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  • Siddarth Pandit, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    May the soul of Pranitha RIP. It was a tragic incident.

    Tourists who come from interior areas do not know the sea well. They think its a gigantic tank or pond. hey do not understand the under currents of the sea / river. Infact the local villagers should advise such tourists when they find the sea rough esp. nearer to the monsoon or during the monsoon season.

    On the other side the view from the light house at Bhathkal is breath taking. The light house is just 3.5 kms from the National Highway and opposite the fish warf ( bunder ). The view of the Karnataka coastline is out of this world. My advise to Mangalore / Udupi tourists who often drive to Goa, At Bhatkal town ( on the NH ) take a turn to the left which leads you directly to the fish warf. Opposite the warf there is a hill with the light house. You can drive up to the light house.You certainly won't leave that place for atleast an hour ! The countryside is absolutely scenic and beautiful.

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  • Jagdish Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Ohh yes, the scenery from the Bhathkal Light house is awesome and breath taking.

    Another place is the " NIRVANA POINT " at Sashihitlu, Mukka. This is the place where the surfing competition was conducted. The Nirvana point too is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. If you suffer from acute stress just drive up to this pint and spend an hour or two. You will return with a peaceful mind. The road has recently been tarred upto the Nirvana point.

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  • Francis Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    The view from the " sunset Point " at Murdeshwar ( Temple ) is fantastic too. We have such beautiful tourist spots in Karnataka as well.

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  • Rajiv Dsouza, Bangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    My deepest sympathies to Pranitha's family. May her soul RIP.

    Another good place to visit is Kumta Fort. Don't miss visiting this place on your drive to Goa. In Karwar stay at Great outdoors, an island ( in the sea ) resort, about 20 minutes motor boat ride from the mainland. The island can be seen from the bridge.The resort is simple and homely with home cooked type food. The resort is situated at a height of at least 250 feet from the sea. Hence it is tsunami proof too ! There is an old fortress around it probably of the Vijayanagar times. The organisers arrange for the ride if you stay at the resort.

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  • Manoj Dsouza, Mangalore

    Tue, May 31 2016

    May Pranitha's soul rest in peace. God knew what was best for her and snatched her away for a better place in heaven.

    Yes, its a beautiful resort atop Kumaragod Island in Karwar. Mind blowing view of the ocean and nature.

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  • DXB, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Inspiration of Modi

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  • SK, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    100 % true.... very sad RIP

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  • Dev Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Inspiration even of Swatch Bharath..
    Still not materialised..Why so..????

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  • SK, Mangalore

    Mon, May 30 2016

    Thanks for admitting that Swatch Bharath..Still not materialised..
    If it is to fool the public, then it will NEVER happen....

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    Mon, May 30 2016

    One gets the impression that selfie is another name for suecide

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  • Mohammed, Kundapur/Qatar

    Sun, May 29 2016

    Inspired From The Great MODIJI ...!!!

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    Sun, May 29 2016

    tragic, young people just do not think of consequences or dangers.

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  • Dev Kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, May 29 2016

    selfie a new found disease killed many people recently. people become craze to shoot-out once mobile in there hand. a young gal lost her life due to her wrongness. for death even reason behind. awareness required to be careful while taking selfie. otherwise it will swallow many more people unknowingly.

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