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Quicksand near Upper Anicut claims lives of two college students

Two undergraduate students of Jamal Mohamed College, Tiruchi, died in the Coleroon river adjoining the Upper Anicut (Kallanai), after getting caught in quicksand while bathing on Thursday morning.

The victims, Sheik Fakrudeen (19) of Villupuram, and Mohamed Hanifa (20) of Uchipuli in Ramanathapuram district, were among a group of seven hostel students who had gone there to spend the day. Another second-year student, Abu Darda, was rescued by locals, according to college authorities.

These students had preferred to stay back though the college had announced holidays for three days from April 12 to 14 in view of the election. They left for Kallanai after breakfast when a roll-call was taken. There was no restriction on students going on outing with permission within the city since they were used to getting back before study time when they have to answer roll call. But, their visit to Kallanai was not known to the hostel wardens, Principal M. Sheik Mohamed said, adding that even for sending students for NSS and NCC camps, the college obtains permission from the parents of students.

The college authorities in a shock are surprised by the incident since the victims were known as obedient students. Their bodies retrieved by Fire and Rescue Service personnel were taken for post mortem to the government hospital at Tirukattupalli.

An inscription of danger signal at the spot, where stagnant water presents a harmless picture, could have saved the lives of the boys, according to locals who say such incidents have become a recurring phenomenon. Three children in a group of visitors had died similarly near the spot of occurrence a fortnight back, police sources acknowledged.

Though quicksand is hard to get out of, it does not completely suck people inside as depicted in movies. It is because the density of quicksand is double that of human body, according to a study published in Nature, brought out in National Geographic news. At the most, quicksand can drag a victim a little more than the waist level. The perception that movement will make the victim sink faster is a myth, the study states

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