Eight engineering students, including two girls, from Belagavi in Karnataka drowned in the sea off Malvan, Sindhudurg, on Saturday afternoon, police said.
Another three students were rescued by local fisherfolk. One of the students is in a serious condition and undergoing treatment at Malvan hospital, Sindhudurg police officer Ravindra Ghirkar.
The eight students were a part of a group of 40 from Maratha Engineering College in Belagavi. They arrived in Malvan early on Saturday in a private bus and had gone to the picturesque Wairi Beach.
Shortly after reaching, the students, allegedly ignoring warnings by locals of strong currents, ventured into the sea and were soon washed away into deep waters.
Fisherfolk managed to rescue three of them. They later retrieved the bodies of the other eight, including the two girls.
Top police and district officials have arrived at the scene of the tragedy from Sindhudurg, around 35 km away.
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