Saswat Singhdeo

Sambalpur: Two Class X students drowned to death while taking bath at the Jhankarpali power channel in Sambalpur today. The deceased identified as Sumit Dash and Sameer Dalai were  students of the Aurobindo school.

As per reports, a group of eight students had left home for their coaching classes yesterday night and midway decided to go to the channel for a bath. Three of them dived into the water body and subsequently got pulled into the deep waters.

After getting information about the incident, the Fire Department personnel reached the spot and launched a rescue operation during which one student was rescued alive. The bodies of two others were fished out subsequently. The rescued student is in a good condition, informed the doctors.

An official of the Fire Department said, "Two students had drowned by the time we reached there. However, we managed to rescue one student after using scuba equipment."

"My son along with his friends had gone to attend coaching classes yesterday night but did not return till morning. Later, I was informed that my son had drowned," father of one of the deceased student said.