Two Indian students die after drowning in US lake: Report

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, two Indian students tragically passed away in the US. The students, who were from Telangana, were at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday when the deaths were confirmed. Shiva Kelligari, 25, and Uthej Kunta, 24, have been confirmed as the deceased. According to a report, they were both master’s students at Missouri’s St. Louis University.

Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao, in a tweet, said he has asked his team to assist the grieving families in getting back the mortal remains. “I have already asked my team @KTRoffice to assist the family in getting the mortal remains back asap,” he wrote.

According to news agency PTI, which cited the police statement, the incident happened on Saturday noon when Kunta had gone swimming, but as he failed to emerge, his friend Kelligari jumped into the lake to rescue him but also failed to come back up. Following a distress call at 2:20 p.m., rescue services recovered Kunta’s body two hours after the incident, while Kelligari’s was located later on Sunday, police said. Both were pronounced dead on the scene, police records said.

The manager of the Airbnb where the two were staying said that he had called the emergency services when he overheard calls for assistance.

I called 911 and my daughter also called 911,” he said. “My brother jumped in the water and tried to save him but by the time he got to the kayak, they were already gone,” he was quoted as telling a local channel.

A 20-year-old Indian student was dead in another incident after being hit and dragged by a truck in Canada. According to reports, Kartik Saini was a native of Haryana’s Karnal and arrived in Canada in August of last year to pursue his studies. The bicycle was reportedly hit and dragged by a pickup truck last week at the intersection of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue in midtown. Saini was declared dead on the spot. The inquiry, according to the Toronto Police, is in progress.

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