An engineering student who had gone to spend his weekend with friends drowned in the Nallakanna Doddikere near Kagglipura on Kanakapura Main Road in Ramanagaram district on Monday afternoon.

The Thalagattapura police said that Sandeep Singh (19) from Assam and four others, all engineering students, had gone to an ashram on Kanakapura Road in the morning. Thereafter, Sandeep and the four — Rakesh alias Rocky, Sandeep, Ramnivas and Prasidjith — went to the lake. They were splashing around from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. when Sandeep went deeper, got trapped in silt and drowned.

The other four tried to rescue him but did not know how to swim. They then alerted the local residents as well as the police.

A search by the Ramanagaram district police, the Fire and Emergency Services and local swimmers located the body around 7.30 p.m.