Mangaluru: Panambur beach tragedy – Bodies of friends retrieved, water sports suspended

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Mar 5: The mortal remains of Nagaraj (24) and Milan (20), two youths who drowned at Panambur beach on Sunday evening, March 3, were recovered on Monday.

Likit (18), a first-year PU student, along with Milan (20) and Nagaraj (24), a second-year degree student of a private college, all residents of Porkody Ambedkar Nagar Colony, had visited Panambur beach with two other friends.

Likit was swept away in the sea initially. Milan attempted to save him, but he too became entangled in the waves. Nagaraj then went to rescue both, but tragically, he also drowned. Punit and Manoj, the other two friends, did not venture into deep waters and thus survived.

Likit, whose exams had concluded and whose results were due on March 30, had expressed his intention to work as a temporary postman during his summer break to save money for college fees. He was the only son of Rani and Manikanta. He aspired to become a policeman.

Milan resided with his elder brother Mohan and had completed his second PU at a private college. Their new house is currently under construction.

Nagaraj, a second PU arts student, was the youngest among nine children of Phakirappa and Anumavva, who are now elderly and reside at home. Nagaraj was known for his expertise in swimming.

The two survivors are Manoj, who works in Kuntikan of Mangaluru and is the nephew of the deceased Nagaraj, and Puneet, a second-year engineering student.

Violent waves continue at Panambur beach, leading the beach tourism organization to temporarily suspend water sports activities. On Sunday, a large crowd had gathered at Panambur beach for the Janapada Parishad programme. Around 6 pm, a siren was sounded to alert people against venturing into the sea.

According to lifeguards at Panambur beach, beachgoers are disregarding their warnings. Despite warnings, the three youths who drowned ventured into deep waters.

With the summer holidays approaching, the number of tourists visiting the beach is expected to increase significantly. The district administration must enhance beach infrastructure to prevent such tragedies.






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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Mar 05 2024

    Very sad incident.Heartfelt sympathy to the families .May the souls rest in peace.What a tragody.Whoever it is and are good in swimming ,shouldnt play with water and fire.Natures play is sometimes we dont know.Respect it and stay safe.

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  • Bharath, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 05 2024

    Very tragic incident and may god give the families the strength to bear the loss. Youngsters always deny the do not calculate the risk of life and venture into rough seas, while the panambur beach is know for having killer waves. Though the alert sirens were given out, it is very obvious that these young lads did not give any importance, thereby loosing their own life. Like in many countries, there are barriers been put in such rough seas areas, and i think our local govt should also do the same, so that people are safe and shall not get washed out in the rough waves.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 05 2024

    Unfortunately third world inhabitants have to be shunted out they have long developed immunity to sirens and other such audiovisual warnings!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 05 2024

    Very tragic and unfortunate incident; may the deceased' souls rest in eternal peace! Wonder what the safety department of beach tourism organization doing when such heavy waves were lashing, don't they have something called preventive intelligence on the upcoming waves? If they could not take preventive steps to immediately stop the recreational activities what's their purpose? These people should be held accountable and strict disciplinary action taken against these errant employees who get paid from the taxpayers money!

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Tue, Mar 05 2024

    Very sad incident and an insurmountable loss to the hapless parents... Water is never our habitat... Always caution is needed even if one is an expert swimmer... We see expert swimmers like fishermen getting swept away... Water as it is is peaceful but when it turns violent none of our humanly expertise can overcome the ultimate... RIP to the young souls... Let our prayers remain with their parents and families....

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