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Techies drown while trying to retrieve football from pond

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Techies drown while trying to retrieve football from pond Anwin C. Cheriyan and Sajan Babu

Kulamavu (Idukki): Two young software engineers drowned in a pond during a leisure trip, near here, on Wednesday evening.

The deceased, identified as Anwin C. Cheriyan, 27, son of Kuttikattil Cheriyan and Rosamma of Thiruvalla, and Sajan Babu, 25, of Thuruthikkattu Padeetathil Veedu, Manappalli South, Karunagappally. Both were employees at Infopark, Kochi.

The incident took place at a private resort at Nadukani, near Kulamavu, around 3 pm. They were playing football on the resort’s premises when the ball fell into the water. The two, with the help of their friends – Jithesh, Sanal and Ganesh - got into the water to retrieve the ball, but lost balance and drowned in the 10-feet deep pond, the Kulamavu police said.

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It took about half-an-hour to take them out of the chilly water. Though the two were rushed to a private hospital at Moolamattom, their lives could not be saved.

Their bodies were later shifted to the Idukki district hospital.

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