Three, including two siblings, drown at Ponda

PONDA: Three youths, including two brothers, drowned in Opa river at Codar on Sunday afternoon, while swimming.

The youths were identified as brothers Ricky and Vigil Choudhari, residents of Kalmamol-Borim and Shankar Chawhan of Bethora in Ponda.

Sources said the three friends had gone to Codar on a motorcycle belonging to Ricky and Vigil's elder brother Rohan. Picnickers at the spot noticed the youths drowning and informed police. Ponda police, who rushed to the spot, summoned Ponda fire and emergency services whose personnel managed to retrieve the bodies that were at the bottom of the river.

Quoting witnesses, police said, two of the youths were drowning and the third died in an attempt to rescue the other two.

The bodies of the three youths have been preserved at Goa medical college and hospital (GMC) morgue at Bambolim and autopsies will be conducted on Monday.

Ricky, 20, and Vigil, 18, were children of Nagpur native Ravindra Choudhari, a civil contractor and Goan mother Sunanda Naik. Shankar, 18, was the son of Belgaum native Ramesh Chawhan, a mason.

Ricky was a first year bachelor of computer applications student at Damodar College, Margao while his younger brother Vigil was a SSC student at Pragati Vidhyalaya at Paniwada-Borim. Shankar was working at an auto service center at Bethora. [TOI]