A 49-year-old man drowned in a lake in Selaiyur, Tambaram, on Thursday morning.

D. Jaikumar, an autorickshaw driver, had come with his family to Selaiyur lake around noon, to perform the final rites of a relative who had died recently.

 The family was performing the rites when Jaikumar’s younger brother, Suresh slipped and fell into the lake. Jaikumar reached out to Suresh, who panicked and pulled his brother into the water.

Others on the shore jumped in to try and rescue the two. While they managed to pull out Suresh immediately, it took them a while to pull Jaikumar out. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.