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Updated: August 11, 2013 09:08 IST

13-year-old drowns in sea after ignoring warning signs

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Santhosh did not know to swim and was dragged deep into the waters -- Photo: Special Arrangement
THE HINDU Santhosh did not know to swim and was dragged deep into the waters -- Photo: Special Arrangement

A fun outing to the beach with friends turned fatal for a 13-year-old schoolboy who drowned in the sea on Thursday. His body washed ashore at Kasimedu harbour on Saturday.

R. Santhosh, a class VI student of a private school in Villivakkam, and four of his friends went to the Marina without informing their parents. They ventured into the sea, ignoring warning signs.

Santhosh did not know to swim and was dragged deep into the waters. His friends tried looking for him but in vain. They waited by the shore for an hour but when he did not surface, they returned home.

The boys were scared and did not inform anybody about of the accident, the police said. Meanwhile Santhosh’s parents, S. Ramu (38), a welder, and his wife Neelavenni (35), were under the impression their son was out playing with his friends after school hours.

When he did not return late in the evening, Ramu and Neelavenni enquired with his friends and looked for him in the neighbourhood. On Friday, they informed the Villivakkam police.

It was fishermen at Kasimedu harbour who noticed the decomposed body of a schoolboy that washed ashore on Saturday morning and informed the Harbour police. Other police stations were alerted and Santhosh’s parents were called in to confirm the identity of the corpse.

“We have cautioned the public against venturing into the sea and have installed warning boards too. But people ignore them. The sea is often rough these days due to changes in weather,” said a police officer.

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He was a excellent Ghana singer. Awesome voice he had. I cannot even imagine his parents
sorrow right now. Everybody's life have certain nightmares, to lose a child is the worst of all.
Hope whoever read this article insist that their children explain their whereabouts. Also
friends please don't be scared when your friends are in danger. Call for help, Every problem
will go away. If not life will not come back.....and you lose you friend forever .

from:  Renu
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 15:31 IST

A great loss to the family and the pain his friends will carry for rest of
their life would be enormous. Schools need to have a system for
reporting to parents, the absence of kids from classes. Parents would be
under the impression that the child is in the school.

from:  Suresh Nair
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 12:29 IST
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