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Four Indian students drown in the Russian River near St. Petersburg

In a tragic incident near St. Petersburg, four Indian students drowned in the Volkhov River, the Indian Mission in Russia said on Friday. Efforts are being made to repatriate their bodies to their families in India as soon as possible.I

The students, two boys and two girls between the ages of 18 and 20, were enrolled at Novgorod State University in the city of Veliky Novgorod. According to Russian media reports, the tragedy occurred when a female student ventured into the river and got into trouble. Four companions tried to save her, leading to three more drownings. Local residents managed to rescue a third boy.

“We are doing our best to send the bodies to the relatives as quickly as possible. Proper treatment is also provided to the student whose life has been saved,” the Indian mission said. “Proper medical care, including psychological treatment, is being provided to the rescued student. These students received medical training at Veliky Novgorod State University. Sincere condolences to the relatives,” the mission wrote on X.

The Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg confirmed the students’ enrollment at Veliky Novgorod State University and extended condolences to their families. The consulate assured that they were working with local authorities to expedite the process of returning the bodies to India. “The next of kin have been contacted and assured of all possible assistance,” they posted on X.

Ayush Prasad, the district collector of Jalgaon, said communications with the embassy in Russia and the consulate general in St. Petersburg had been supportive. “They have been extremely supportive of the family and we have worked with the judiciary as well as the police and disaster management authorities. The best medical care is provided to the student whose life is saved. We hope that the bodies will be returned to India as per international protocol,” he told ANI.