A 26-year-old ragpicker allegedly drowned in the Alapakkam lake in Maduravoyal on Monday evening.
The police said he was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
The Maduravoyal police identified the deceased as Venkatesan, a resident of Lakshmi Nagar, Maduravoyal. The accident took place around 4 p.m. when the youngster went into the lake after consuming alcohol. Shortly after, he struggled and drowned. Fire department personnel reached the spot, fished out the body and sent it for post-mortem to a government hospital, the police said.