13 college students on school picnic drown in western India

NEW DELHI -- Thirteen college students on a school picnic drowned Monday while swimming in the sea in western India, police said.

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Senior police official Raja Pawar said the 10 female and three male students were swept away when they went into the water in Murud, a beach town about 150 kilometres south of Mumbai.

About 115 students and 11 teachers from a college in the town of Pune had gone to Murud for a picnic.

Coast guard officers and police using speedboats were searching the area.

The Murud beach has a dangerous undertow. Pawar said the students were warned by local residents not to go far out in the water but ignored the warnings.



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