Thalayolaparambu: The residents of Thalayolaparambu region in the northern part of Kottayam district were shocked to hear the deaths of twin brothers who drowned as they bathed in the Muvattupuzha River.
The deceased Saurav and Sandeep (16) were the children of Anil Kumar and Reena of Nandanam in Vettikkattumukku area.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon beside the Thaikavu bank of the river near Vettikkattumukku bridge. They were at the river with friend and neighbour Al Ameen and a relative from Pathanapuram, Shaiju.
Sandeep reportedly drowned as he tried to save Saurav, who strayed into deep waters.
We got hold of Sandeep, but he slipped off, Ameen and Shaiju said. They ran to a sawmill nearby for help. Sawmill workers and locals tried to rescue the brothers.
Fire and safety operators from Kaduthuruthy and Kottayam reached the spot and found the bodies by 4pm. The bodies were later shifted to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital mortuary.
Saurav was a plus-two student at Poothotta KPMHS School, while Sandeep was a plus-one student at Thalayolaparambu Vocational Higher Secondary School. Another brother Sachin is a computer student.
Their mother Reena is a library assistant at the Devaswom Board College, Thalayolaparambu.