Puttur: Ajay (19), son of Lakshminarayana Bhat of Parpikal near Hatyadka and a first-year student of a private Engineering college in Ujire, drowned in the Shishila stream at Holegandi near Kokkada on Sunday.
He, joined by his friends Chandan Khare, Vrukshavardhan and Anvesh, had gone to while their time in the water. Ajay is said to have been dragged by undercurrents.
Ironically, Ajay was the only one among them who knew swimming. Vrukshavardhan is said to have tried to save Ajay, but did not succeed.
The students ran to the nearby Parashuram temple and people from there came to assist them. But Ajay remained untraced until late Sunday evening.
He is feared to have died. The fire brigade from Puttur could not do much as there were no diving experts. Divers came from other places like Golitattu, Dharmasthala and Nellyadi but their efforts to trace the student did not succeed.
The police from Uppinangady station and Nellyadi outpost will lead the operation which will continue on Monday.