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News by:  Hareesh Kumar Hejmady
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Body of drowned Prajwal Shetty found near Hejmadi Kodi beach
Padubidri, April 10th, 2017:  Body of 24-year-old Prajwal Shetty who was drowned while fishing near Padubidri beach on Sunday afternoon, has been found near Hejmadi Kodi beach on Monday, April 10th, around 3.30 pm.  On Sunday afternoon, while his family members were away attending a wedding function, Prajwal was busy fishing in the sea in front of his house near Sagar Vidya Mandir High School.
He started drowning due to strong underwater current.  A local lifeguard rushed to his help but before he could grab his hand, the youth was washed away and disappeared.  An intensive search was undertaken by the local fishermen from Kadipatna and Nadipatna and fishing nets were also used.  People in groups searched the area till next afternoon.  At around 3.30 pm, his body was found floating near Hejmady Kodi beach area, a few kilometers away from the spot where he was drowned.

On bringing the body to the shore by the locals, the head was found swollen and the body had started decomposing with excessive bleeding signs.

After the initial invstigation by the police, the body was sent to Primary Health Centre for post mortem.

His last rites were held later in the evening.

Prajwal was working as a computer operator for computerized billing section of a local jewellery, Durga Prasad Jewellers, after his graduation.  During his free time, he used to help his father Shankar Shetty and mother in their snacks counter at Padubidri beach. He was a very decent and friendly person.  Former correspondent of Sagar Vidiya Mandir, Mr. Sadashiv Paduhidri, says Prajwal was the best-ever student from the first batch of SSLC students and was a role model.  It is a big tragedy for his parents and a younger sister.