India students drown off Maharashtra beach

  • By Omar Hussein

Thirteen students have drowned while swimming off a beach on India’s west coast


The group of were among more than 100 students from a college in Pune who had gone for a picnic to Murud beach near Alibag, Maharashtra state.

The victims were all aged between 19 and 23 and police said they were working to identify the bodies.

Murud beach is popular with locals who prefer the area to the more tourist-focused beaches in the near by state of Goa.

Police said they were continuing to search for other victims.

It is believed those who drowned were taken by surprise by a sudden and unexpected low tide.