Beltangady: In a tragic incident at Kashipatna, Venur , a youth who tried to save his friend who was drowning in the river lost his life as he was washed away by the current of water. The victim is Manoj (24), son of Sudhakar Poojary, a resident of Melinanooyi of Badakodi village. He was working as an electrician at Moodbidri.
Manoj and Manjunath are childhood friends. Manjunath works as a mason. Both had cut grass on Sunday as it was a holiday and brought the same to Manoj's house. In the afternoon around 2 pm both went to have a bath in the river at Bolpale near Kashipatna village, which is around one km from the home of Manoj. Manjunath got down into the water first and lost control due to the current of water. Manoj, who saw his friend struggling to stay afloat dived into the water and swam towards Manjunath.
Manjunath, fortunately, got stuck in a bush in the river and was out of danger. However, before he could come out of the water, Manoj, unfortunately, had washed away in the river. Though Manoj was a good swimmer, it is learnt that it could not save him as the current of the water was very swift and it sucked him into the river.