February 1, 2016
MURUD: Fourteen students of Abeda Inamdar College, Pune, drowned at the beach
here on Monday during high tide around 4 pm. Fishermen who were at the place
saved several lives, according to eyewitnesses. The deceased students were aged
18-20 years, and 10 of them were girls.
A survivor said they reached Murud around 11 am and in the afternoon some of the
students ventured into the sea to click selfies while others got engaged in other
things. A sudden high tide that followed sucked them into the depth of the
The deceased are Rafiya Ansari, Shafiya Ansari, Sumaiya Ansari, Seefa Kazi,
Supriya Pan, Sana Shaikh, Swapnali Salgar, Sajeed Choudhary, Iftekar Shaikh,
Samreen Shaikh, Farin Sayyed, Yusuf Ansari, Rajlaxmi Pandugayala and Saif
In three buses 116 students of first, second and third year BSc Computer Science
along with 11 faculty members from the college had come to Murud for picnic.
The Abeda Inamdar College, Pune, is run by the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan
It is reported that some students stayed back at the beach as others with the
teachers left sightseeing elsewhere. Those drowned strayed into the sea and was
swept away by the high tide that followed. The police have file a case of
According to Dr Pravin Bagul, medical officer at the local Murud Government
hospital, six students who were rescued and brought were given medical aid and
discharged while 14 were brought dead.
"We received information about 15 to 18 students being washed into the sea
around 4 pm. Coast Guard aircraft IC117 and two hired fishing boats were
deployed for search and rescue. So far, Coast Guard chopper ex-842SGN was
launched at 6.03 pm and ICGS Achook has been diverted," naval spokesperson,
Commander Rahul Sinha said, NDTV quoted.
Murud is a town in Raigad district in Maharashtra 42 km from Alibag. It is a tourist