Fam­ily out­ing at Somesh­war beach turns tragic with death of four-year-old

Evening Today - - STATE -

Man­galuru: A fam­ily’s beach-side rev­elry took a tragic turn when their four-year-old daugh­ter drowned at Somesh­war Beach on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24. Though life­guards ini­tially res­cued all four mem­bers, the girl breathed her last at the hos­pi­tal. The vic­tim has been iden­tied as Maitreyi Ketkar (4). The res­cued are Chin­ta­mani Ketkar (39), Shrad­dha Ketkar (35) and their seven-year-old daugh­ter Gargi Ketkar, res­i­dents of North In­dia. Sources from Somesh­war Beach in­formed that all four mem­bers of the fam­ily were en­joy­ing a swim in the sea when tragedy struck. When they were hav­ing a gala time, a strong wave swept one of the chil­dren away, which forced par­ents to rush to res­cue their daugh­ter. In such melee, all three got trapped in the sea water.

On notic­ing this, oth­ers at the beach screamed for help. Im­me­di­ately, life­guards at Somesh­war Beach rushed to res­cue them. Though they suc­ceeded in res­cu­ing all of them ini­tially, four-year-old Maitreyi Ketkar did not re­spond to the treat­ment and suc­cumbed. The con­di­tion of an­other girl Gargi Ketkar is also said to be crit­i­cal. More de­tails are awaited.

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