3rd water-related incident in 32 days: another Nepalese youth dies in Australian water

27 January 2019: A 25-year-old Nepalese youth has drowned in western Sydney becoming the second citizen of the landlocked South Asian nation to die in Australian water in the last 32 days. On December 27, much-loved disability worker Nischal Ghimire had also lost his life at an Adelaide beach.

A third Nepalese man, international student Bigul Pandit, is still missing in the Murray River since January 9.

According to NSW Police, emergency services were called Bents Basin at around 11:30 am today “after a group of men were seen to struggle in the water”.

The incident took place at Bents Basin, a popular recreational site nearly 70 kilometres from downtown Sydney.

While quick-responding bystanders rescued three 20 year olds, the fourth failed to resurface, police said in a statement.

Following a search operation conducted by police divers, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and NSW State Emergency Service, body believed to be that of the missing Nepalese man was located around 1:30 pm today.

Police said he is yet to be formally identified.

Today’s water-related fatality of the Nepalese youth comes at a time when leaders of the Nepalese community in Australia including from within the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Australia have been expressing serious concerns about frequent water-related incidents involving Nepalese international students. As a result, increasing water safety seminars and informal gatherings are beginning to take place targeting international students from Nepal.

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