A teenager drowned while taking a bath in the Padma river in Rajshahi. Two more friends jumped into the river to save him. The drowned teenager survived but the two friends died.
The accident took place on Friday (March 18) at around 11:30 am in the Padma river in the Barakuthi area of the city.
The deceased have been identified as Nirab, 15, son of Sarik of Barakuthi area of Rajshahi, and Shahin, 18, son of Sayed of the same area.
Nirab used to study at Loknath School and Shahin studied at Education Board Model School. His relatives said that both of them were eighth-grade students.
According to the locals, Sajeed, Nirab, Shahil, and 8 to 10 other friends took a bath in the river Padma on the banks of Barakuthi in the city. Among them, when Sajeed goes deep in the river, it starts sinking. Seeing him sinking, Nirab and Shahil came to rescue him. They managed to rescue Sajeed but later drowned themselves. The others who were with him did not find them later.
When the teenagers got up and informed the locals, they informed the fire service. Later, divers from Rajshahi Fire Service and Civil Defense rescued the two teenagers from the river and took them to Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) Hospital. By then they were dead. The doctor on duty at the hospital declared them dead.
Boalia police officer in charge (OC) Mazharul Islam said, I have heard the incident. However, no complaint has been received from the family yet. The incident is being investigated.