Varanasi: Five teenagers drowned in Ganga while bathing in the river in Ramnagar area on Friday. The bodies were fished out and sent for postmortem.
They were identified as Tausif (19) Fardeen (14) Shaif (15) Rizwan (15) and Saki (14), all residents of Barigadahi locality in Ramnagar.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deep condolence over the demise of five teenagers and directed the district magistrate and SSP for quick rescue operation by engaging NDRF.
According to reports, the five friends had gone to Sipahiya ghat of Ramnagar for bathing. One of them slipped into deep waters while making a video. Seeing him drowning the others jumped into the river to save him. All five drowned while trying to save each other.
Meanwhile, after hearing their screams, some boatmen on the river bank ran with their boats to save them. But, all five friends had drowned in the water by the time they could reach the midstream.
The police and administrative officials reached there after getting information and started rescue operation. People also gathered at the ghat in a large number. After a two-hour toil the bodies could be fished out. Bodies were brought to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Ramnagar.