A pleasure trip to Lonavla turned into a tragedy when two city youths drowned in the Bhushi dam last afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Deepak Maruti Potdar (31), the executive editor of Marathi weekly magazine Krantitej, and Bhagyashree Undale (26), an engineer with a leading software company.
The spot where the two drowned yesterday
Potdar was from Parvati Gaon, while Undale was from Sahakar Nagar. The two had gone to the dam with a group of friends. The Lonavla police said while Potdar and some other friends went for a swim, Undale watched them from the edge of the dam. The police said she lost her balance and fell into the water.
To rescue his friend, Potdar swam towards her, only to be clutched by a panicked Undale and turned into a victim from a saviour. Both drowned around 3 pm. "Deepak tried saving her but a panicked Bhagyashree held on to him, resulting in eventual drowning of the duo. The locals nearby also failed to save them," said Police Inspector Vishnu Pawar. The bodies were fished out an hour-and-half later with help from local people.