Two missing off Chennai beach

July 19th, 2008 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 18 (IANS) Two male nursing students, who went for a swim at the Marina Beach here, were reported missing Friday, the police said. Naval helicopters are on the lookout for Don Antony, 22, and N. Murali, 23, originally from Kerala, sources added.

Over 50 students went swimming at the Marina Beach while returning from a tour of north India, according to members of the team.

Ebbing waves dragged the two youths into the sea and their survival is unlikely, fire services sources said.

At least five sea-bathers’ lives are lost every month at the Marina Beach as tides drag swimmers into the debris of a tramp ship SS Damatis that sank here during a cyclone in 1966.

Most deaths occur when victims are dashed against the rusted metal parts of the sunken ship.

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