14 Pune students on a picnic drown in sea

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Fourteen computer science students of a Pune college, including twin sisters, drowned when they ventured into a treacherous sea off the Murud beach ignoring warnings during a college picnic on Monday.

Six others were rescued by the local people. They also assisted the coast guard in recovering the bodies of the victims, all between 19 and 23 years.

Among the 14 dead are 10 girls and four boys, including M Saif Ahmad, whose body was found last after two helicopters of the navy and one chopper of the coast guard were pressed into service in the evening.

The victims were identified as Rafiya and Shafiya Ansari (the twin sisters), Sumaiya Ansari, Mohammed Ansari, Laxmi Venkatramaniah, Sajeed Chaudhary, Iftekar Shaikh, Samreen Firoz Shaikh, Farin Sayyed, Seefa Kazi, Supriya Swapan, Sana Shaikh, Swapnali Salgar and M Saif Ahmad.

Aamir Madki, whose younger brother Saif’s was the last body recovered, could not believe he would not be returning. “Our entire family went to Mumbai today to visit relatives. Only Saif did not go as he wanted to go to the picnic. He was so happy. My parents got a call in the evening and they went to Murud directly from Mumbai,”

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