A school student drowned in the sea in Palavakkam on Friday afternoon, after he went for a dip with friends.

Neelankarai police identified the deceased as Balaji (17), a resident of Kurinji Nagar in Perungudi and a class XII student of a private school in Adyar. On Friday afternoon, Balaji and his four friends came to the Palavakkam beach in Palkalai Nagar and they went for a swim in the sea.

Few minutes later, the group came back to the sands but could not see Balaji. They alerted some locals who also searched for Balaji. Balaji’s friends then alerted the Neelankarai police who registered a missing case and launched a search. Balaji’s body was washed ashore around 9 a.m. on Saturday, the police said.

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