Two men drown in Idukki, children watch helplessly as their father drowned

Arun and Mahesh

Cheruthoni: Yadhu and Midhun trotted away happily to call their father from his workplace near Ambalathukavu Bhadrakali Temple here. Little did they know that they would have to witness a tragedy that day. Their father Mahesh and his friend Arun were bathing in a nearby pond. Upon arriving, the children saw their father and his friend drowning.

Mahesh (39) and Arun (40) were engaged in the construction of the wall around the temple. Their houses are also located nearby. On Friday, after completing the day’s work, Mahesh and Arun were bathing in the pond. Suddenly, Arun fell into the depths. Mahesh also fell while he was trying to rescue Arun. Though their friend Surendran also fell along with them, he was saved as he got hold of a rock.

The children went running to the temple to inform the matter to the priest. But no one at the temple knew swimming. An Ernakulam native who lived in the locality rose to the occasion, dived into the pond and brought Mahesh and Arun out of the pond within 15 minutes. Though they were rushed to the hospital, their lives could not be saved.

Yadhu is a class 7 student and Midhun is in class 2. Raji is Mahesh’s wife.

Arun also has two children. Elder one Adwaith is in class 6 and younger one Shreyasi is in class 2. Wife: Sreelakshmi.

The cremation will be held at their houses on Saturday.

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