Chhatrapur; Dec.30: In an unfortunate incident, three students on a picnic met a watery grave in Rushikulya river near Taratarini temple in Ganjam district on Wednesday morning.
The deceased students have been identified as Pankaj Sahu, Sandip Maharana and Saswat Behera. All of them aged about 13-14, were students of Sunshine Mission School in Bhadrak. All of them are the natives of Bhadrak town.
Reports said a group of students from Sunshine Mission School in Bhadrak, accompanied by two tuition masters and a cook, had arrived near Taratarini Peeth in the morning for a picnic. After reaching the site, some of the students had gone out for a bath in Rushikulya river when three students slipped into deep waters and drowned.
Some of the locals present on the bank of the river jumped into the river to rescue them, but in vain.
Following information, a fire brigade team from Chhatrapur rushed to the spot and fished out the three bodies after an hour-long search.
The three bodies were later taken to the Community Health Centre at Purushottampur.
While family members of the deceased have been informed about the incident, the mother of Pankaj Sahu, one of the deceased students, arrived at Purushottampur CHC by bus from Bhadrak.
"I heard of such tragic incident having taken place. The incident is no way connected to the school. They had gone for picnic on their own. No teachers of the school are in any way connected with the incident. More details will emerge after others who had accompanied them return," said Debasish Panda, principal in-charge Sunshine Mission School, Bhadrak.