A 29-year-old youth from Afghanistan Hasif Mohammad Yusuf met a watery death at the Arvalem waterfall in Bicholim taluka. His body was recovered from the river on Sunday morning with the help of divers from the Indian Navy. Cause of death was ruled as drowning.
According to the police at Bicholim, Yusuf and two of his friends, had ventured into the river at Arvalem for a swim on Saturday evening. Despite being an expert swimmer, the strong current dragged Yusuf away to his death.
6 divers from the Indian Navy were pressed into a search and rescue operation for the missing youth.
The team reached the site of the drowning and immediately commenced an extensive and systematic underwater search in the area on Sunday.
The team reached the site of the drowning and immediately commenced an extensive and systematic underwater search in the area on Sunday. Yusuf’s body was recovered by the divers around 10.45 am. It was later handed over to the police for autopsy proceedings.
The Bicholim police have registered a case of drowning and are further investigating. They said that the deceased was not under the influence of alcohol when the tragedy occurred.
The body is currently at the Goa Medical College and Hospital morgue at Bambolim. It will be handed over to the deceased’s relatives after their arrival in Goa. More news to follow as the story unfolds. (Source – http://www.navhindtimes.in/afghan-national-meets-watery-grave-at-arvalem-waterfall/)
This is not the first time that these beautiful waterfalls have turned out to be deadly. In 2015, a young boy from Mapusa named Valentino Godinho was suspected to have died from drowning in a similar manner. His body was found a day later.