Mumbai: Three tourists from Mumbai, including two women, are feared drowned as they were swept away in swift currents of swollen Ganga in Rishikesh on Wednesday.
Muni-ki-Reti police station in-charge Kamal Mohan Singh Bhandari in Rishikesh said a group of five people, including three women, had come from Mumbai on August 1 and were staying at a hotel near the river in the city.
“Three of them, McElroy Dante, Apoorva Kelkar, and Madhushi Khursange, all aged 21, entered the river for a swim in the afternoon around 2.30 pm. They got washed away in the river’s swift currents that have become stronger due to heavy rainfall upstream since the last few days,” he said.
“Karan Mishra and Nisha Goswami, who were accompanying the victims, informed us about the incident and gave us contact details of the families of their washed away friends. We have informed their families,” he added.
Bhandari said a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), local police and water police have launched a downward search operation from the suspected drowning site.
“Since the water level is high with strong currents, the search team did not find any trace of them downstream. The search operation will be resumed on Thursday morning.”
Meanwhile, SDRF fished out the body of an unknown man from a river in Devprayag and handed it over to local police for ascertaining his identity.