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Belagavi: Drowning tragedy - Brave lecturer sacrificed his life to save students


Daijiworld Media Network - Belagavi (SP)

Belagavi, Apr 17: A lecturer of Maratha Mandal Engineering College here came as a saviour for students when they were drowning at Vayri Beach at Sindhudurg in Maharashtra on Saturday.

Several students who were at the scene of the tragedy at the time have shared memories of their adventurous lecturer who fought in the midst of heavy odds to save the lives of his students, but paid a heavy price in the form of his life. The lecturer in question was Mahesh Kudachakar.

When a giant wave lashed the shore and was pulling away a number of students, Mahesh jumped into the sea and rescued two students. When he was trying to save another one, he himself drowned, in spite of being a good swimmer. It is learnt that Mahesh had married a year back, and he had lost his father six months ago.


Mahesh Kudachakar

One of the surviving students said that the group of students had visited Vayri beach when returning after the study tour. The students chose to enter the sea a little away from the spot where fishermen were working at the beach. When a huge wave hit their friends, initially other students thought that they were still playing in water. After coming know that they were facing grave danger, they started to shout, after which the fishermen who were away came with boats and brought the bodies out, he revealed.

Out of eight bodies which were brought to the city in four ambulances, funeral of three were performed on Sunday morning in the graveyards here.

The police said that during their investigation, they came to know that the study tour was not conducted with the approval of college management. Deputy commissioner of police, V Radhika, said that even the eyewitnesses said that the students were adamant with their decision to enter the sea even after having been advised by fishermen against it. So far, no complaints have been registered with the department, she revealed.

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    The sacrifice by a duty conscious lecturer is laudable. The educational institution should compensate his family through the monetary support from the parents, students and the Management.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Lecturer is a GREAT SAVIOUR. Not a coward. Though dead he be honoured.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Brave soldier and what a selfless act !!should be rewarded and a memorial built in the college campus

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Hats off to you sir...May your soul rest in peace.

    Swimming to rescue someone drowning should be the last resort, it require swimming skills and a lot of training before doing it. This is because a drowning person is violent and may pose danger to the rescuer…they may try to climb on the rescuer to be able to breath, which may cause him to drown too.. to save someone you must be safe.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar,Sharjah - U.A.E.

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Great Man who gave his life to others. May God give strength and courage to his family to bear this loss. May his soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    There is no other greater sacrifice than giving ones own life to save others. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    You are absolute savior of mankind,true inspiration and a true human being with selfless service.I strongly believe that there may be more people like you in this world.May your soul rest in peace.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    #Respect ...

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    What is the point of being literate and not heeding to lurking danger DESPITE WARNINGS and later regretting over the loss. It is like crying over spilt milk. ZEE News interrogated the principal of the college who clearly retorted of prior warning against proceeding to the tour. On further interrogation, he plainly said that THEY WERE GOING ON THEIR OWN RISK and that they had not heeded his call.

    How foolish they could be.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    When you try to save a drowning person there is a risk that drownig person will clutch on to whichever part of your body he is able to lay his hands on. Otherwise generally a good swimmer does not drown in sea.

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