Pleasure cruise ends in tragedy for Indian couple

April 15th, 2009 - 11:41 am ICT by IANS  

George Town (Penang), April 15 (IANS) An Indian couple’s pleasure cruise ended in tragedy when the man fell off the ship and his wife dived into the choppy sea in a failed rescue attempt.
Kasturi Shetty, 47, dived off the Star Cruise Virgo Monday to save her husband Noojady Nithyanand, 49, after the latter slipped on the deck and fell into the sea.

“She is a good swimmer, but her husband is not. That is why she risked her life to save him,” said Pranhakar Shetty, the husband’s cousin, who was also on the cruise.

Kasturi is still recovering from the trauma.

Her gutsy attempt proved futile as she was swept away from her husband by the undercurrent, New Straits Times reported from the capital of Penang.

Pranhakar said he and the couple left Bangalore last Tuesday for the cruise which set sail from Singapore.

The incident happened at 10.30 a.m. as the ship was headed towards Pulau Kendi.

Noojady lost his footing as he and his wife were strolling on the slippery deck, according to sources.

The husband’s body is yet to be found, the newspaper said.

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