IIT-B student drowns in Vihar lake

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An adventurous outing on a Sunday afternoon turned tragic when a fourth year dual-degree electrical engineering Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay student drowned at Vihar lake in Powai. The deceased, Ankur Abhishek, 22, hailed from Patna.

IIT Bombay authorities said Ankur, along with four friends, ventured into the restricted area of the lake, where he slipped and drowned. The others were safe, they added.

"The students reached Vihar lake in the morning and the incident occurred around noon. There was no help at hand. The had ventured too far. To reach IIT for any immediate help was difficult. They could not even convey their location on cellphones," said professor Urijit Yajnik, dean, student affairs.

"It was more than an hour before additional help could reach. It was risky for anyone else to attempt to enter the water. Finally, lifeguards of IIT's swimming pool arrived at the spot and recovered Ankur's body around 3 pm. The fire brigade and police authorities were also informed and the body taken to Rajawadi hospital. His father has neem informed and he will arrive in Mumbai on by Monday evening," he added.

Later in the night, Devang Khakhar, director of IIT-B sent an email to students condoling the death of Ankur.

Ankur's hostel mates said he loved beaches and often visited the lakes nearby. Ankur had done summer internships with Tata Motors and Sysmex Corporation in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

"There seems to be no foul play. An accidental death report has been filed," said senior inspector Jivajirao Jadhav.

Meanwhile, IIT Bombay will issue a warning to students over venturing into restricted areas of Vihar and Powai lakes. "We have not decided to take action against the four students," said Yajnik.

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