Pradeep Pattanayak

A picnic turned tragic after three including two minors went missing while taking a bath in Ib River in Sundargarh on Saturday. 

While the identities of the missing persons could not be ascertained immediately, they are said to be relatives. 

As per reports, a family from the Regent Market area of Sundargarh town went to the riverside for a picnic. After having lunch, a 35-year-old man along with two minors went to the river to take a bath.  While enjoying their bath, it is suspected that their feet reportedly slipped, leading to the mishap. 

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On being informed, a team of the Fire Services Department reached the spot and launched an operation. However, the operation had to be stopped after evening due to darkness. 

The operation will be resumed tomorrow, it was learned.

(Reported by Debabrata Jena)