Bhubaneswar: Three students on Monday drowned at the bathing ghat of river Kuakhai near Mancheswar on the outskirts of the city.

Reports said that till Monday evening, two dead bodies have been recovered by the firemen and the third body was still to be recovered. The deceased have been identified as Bhimsen Pradhan, Deepak Jena and Jagannath Panda.

The students were residents of Bhubaneswar. Deepak was a student of Prabhujee English Medium School whereas Bhimsen and Jagannath studied in Chanakya Plus Two College.

Sources said three other students had accompanied the victims who went in a group to bathe in the river. The incident occured, when one out of the six defiantly rushed in into deep water. In order to save the life of their friend, two others rushed in and they too drowned.

The retrieved bodies were immediately sent to the Capital Hospital for postmertom.