In a tragic incident, three students from Khonoma village, including two minor girls, who went for picnic on Friday last, were drowned in a deep frozen lake at the Sanctuary Fall in western Dzukou valley in Puliebazie Range of mountain under Kohima district.
According to sources today, altogether 12 friends of Khonoma Village under Kohima district had gone for a picnic of the festive season at the famous scenic beauty spot, the Dzukou Valley and the Sanctuary Fall, when too many of them stood on the ice sheet of the lake to take photographs, but a thin sheet of ice over the middle of lake water of Sanctuary Fall lake suddenly broke down and six of them fell inside the lake water. While two of them could somehow manage to come out, one of them was pulled out by friends. Three of the others drowned after much struggle. No one of the friends knew to swim and they tried to rescue them with sticks and bamboo, but in vein.
Reports reaching here said the victims, one male and two females, felt into the lake at around 10.30 am on Friday. Their bodies are still submerged deep under the frozen water and remained untraced. The three deceased are all school going children. The male victim, Rokosietso Mor (19), is a Class 12 student of Government Higher Secondary School of Kohima, while his younger sister Ketourovino Mor (14) is a Class 9 student of Godwin Higher Secondary School in Chumukedima and the third victim Mhiesikhono Viyie (14), a Class 9 student of St. John Bosco School of Khonoma.
A friend of the victims, who was among the picnic party rushed to Khonoma village to inform the people about it. Many people rushed to the spot, but they failed to retrieve the bodies due to the freezing temperature of the ice-covered lake, which measured 80 feet in length, 60 feet in breadth, with a depth of 35 feet. People were tried to retrieve the bodies with many means, but so far the bodies are untraced till last evening.
Sources further said that expert divers from Doyang area came all the way from Wokha to offer help, but failed to recover the bodies as they also feared diving into the ice-covered lake. Latest reports said Army diving personnel from Rangapahar, near Dimapur, have reached Khonoma village yesterday and they are to start search for the bodies early today. UNI AS RD1155 NNNN
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