Man drowns in Harihareshwar sea during picnic; two missing

Jun 11, 2012, 07:32 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

An outing to Harihareshwar turned into a tragedy for a group of 11 after three of its members, including a woman, who ventured into the sea went missing yesterday morning.

During the rescue operation, the Srivardhan police along with the local villagers fished out 24-year-old Nikhil Kale’s body.

 Nikhil Kale whose body was found yesterday

The two persons still missing were identified as Shweta Watane (25), who hails from Amrawati, and Kushal Satale (24) of Lonavla. All the 11 people were said to be faculty members of Yashaswi Institute of Technology (YIT) in Chinchwad and had left for Harihareshwar on Saturday evening.

“A group of eleven people from Pune had come to Harihareshwar in the wee hours of Sunday and while swimming Kale, Satale and Watane went missing,” Police Inspector R G Raskar from Srivardhan police station said.

Kushal Satale

After the incident, the other members of the group alerted the locals, who then informed the police. “We got the information in the morning and immediately rushed to the beach and started the rescue operation. In the afternoon, with the help of locals, Kale’s body was fished out. The search operation to trace the remaining two is still undergoing,” Raskar said yesterday.

Shweta Watane who are missing

Pradip Tupe, YIT director, said that on Saturday all the 11 faculty members had left for Harihareshwar in a hired SUV. He also said that the picnic was organised by the group and not the institute. Tupe said that all the three victims were BE (Electronics) graduates and were working as lecturers, for the past one year, at the Electronics department of the institute. “We have sent our staff to Srivardhan and they have taken the custody of Nikhil’s body. We have informed the families of the victims and they are also expected to come to the city,” Tupe said. 

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