The deceased has been identified as Maulana Mohammed Ismail Ruknuddin (35), a resident of Bhatkal Magdoom Colony, who was serving as a teacher in Magdoom Colony Madrasa Dar-ut-Taleem-wa-Tarbiya from past four years. Affectionately called as 'Ismail Janab', he was also the part time Imaam of Maqdoom Colony Jamia Masjid. He was also an expert swimmer and a sports man. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a large number of relatives, friends and students.
The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm when a group of around 15 people had been to beach for picnic. Three among them stepped into the sea for a swim.
As all the three were good swimmers, they went quite farther away into the sea. “We had gone to such a distance in the sea that our feet were unable touch the ground. Whe we decided to turn back we had to face strong waves. When we reached near the shore after lot of struggle, Ismail Janab lost balance and recited the Shahadah 'La ilaha Illalla'. Within a few seconds he was disappeared”, said one among the survivors.
As soon as the news began to spread, hundreds of people gathered on the beach. Though the companions, local swimmers and fishermen immediately launched a search operation for Ismail, they could not trace him till night. It took more than two hours for coastal security police to reach the spot.
Bhatkal DYSP M Naryan and CPI Shiv Prakash along with a team pf police arrived at the spot at around 7:30 pm.
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