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Trainee pilot and Mumbai boy drown in river near Gondia

india Updated: Aug 07, 2009 18:55 IST

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Two promising pilots, who were undertaking training at the Rajiv Gandhi National Flying Training Institute at Gondia died when they drowned in Bagh river, some 200 kms from Nagpur on Thursday evening.

According to reports reaching in Nagpur the divisional headquarters on Friday, the tragedy occurred when one of the trainees was taking bath in the river in the evening.

It was said that five trainee pilots of the institute had bunked their classes and were enjoying their time near the Bagh river. One of them, Vinay Gabbulal Singh (20) of Mumbai, expressed his wish to take a bath in the river. He entered the water but was soon stuck in the deep part of the river and could not swim back to the bank.

Seeing this Jainendra Singh (23) of Lucknow, tried to save him and in the attempt he too was drowned.

The Institute officials and the police inspector Santosh Kumbhare, along with the staff members immediately rushed to the spot after hearing the tragedy and started the rescue operation with the help of local fishermen. The bodies were recovered only on Friday morning.

“It was all really sudden. One minute Vinay was there and the next he was gone,” says Vikram Singh, the classmate of the victims, and who was accompanied them there.