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Body of Kannada actor drowned during film stunt found, other still missing

The body of one of the stuntmen actor Uday, who drowned during a Masti Gudi film shoot accident near Bengaluru, was found on Wednesday.

regional movies Updated: Nov 10, 2016 13:38 IST
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Actor Duniya Vijay (2R) walks from a boat with rescue officials as they search for two stuntmen in a reservior at Thippagondanahalli, some 35 kms west of Bangalore.Scuba divers have joined the search for the second stunt actor who drowned on Monday.(AFP)

The two actors with the hero, Vijay, jumped off a helicopter into the lake while performing a stunt scene during the filming of a Kannada movie Masti Gudi on Monday. While Vijay swam to the shore and safety, the other two actors drowned, according to the official.

“A team of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) found Uday’s body in the TG Halli in the middle of the lake around 4 pm while the search is on to trace Anil’s body,” Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner V Shankar told reporters at the spot.

Though the body was bloated and decomposed, it was identified as that of Uday from the long hair he sported, unlike Anil.

“Uday’s body has been sent to the state-run government hospital in the city for autopsy and will be handed over to the family later,” said Shankar.

Scuba divers from the naval base at Karwar in the state’s northwest coast have joined the search and helped NDRF personnel in locating Uday’s body stuck in the silt and marshy backwaters of the lake.

“We are confident of tracing Anil’s body soon though poor visibility inside the lake, surface winds and polluted waters have been posing a challenge in the search and recovery exercise,” said Shankar.

The Thippagondanahalli (TG Halli) lake is about 40 km northwest of Bengaluru at the confluence of Arkavathy and Kumudavathi rivers in Ramanagara district. It is one of the sources of drinking water supply to Bengaluru.

First Published: Nov 10, 2016 13:37 IST