Teenager drowns in boating mishap

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Kuchchaveli Police said that a 19-year-old youth drowned yesterday (17) morning when the boat he was travelling in with his friends overturned in shallow seas off the coast of Irakkandy in Trincomalee.

According to Police, the seas were turbulent at the time of the incident, and the boat, trapped in a massive tide, overturned in an unexpected manner, killing the youth.

The victim, according to the Kuchchaveli Police, has been identified as one Dhushyanthan, a resident of Irakkandy’s Valayootru area.

Preliminary Police investigations showed that three people, including the victim, were on the boat at the time of the incident.

The body was taken to Regional Hospital, Nilaveli and was handed over to relatives after the death inquiries.

Nilaveli Police are conducting further inquiries after recording statements from two individuals who survived the boat accident and from the persons who rescued them.

By Naalir Jamaldeen