A 38-year-old tourist drowned in the Arabian Sea while taking a selfie on a rock near a beach in Diu district of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu , police said on Monday.
The incident happened on Sunday evening after the dead man, from West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, came to Diu with five other colleagues from his company to enjoy a holiday, they said.
The dead man, identified as Durgaprasad Giridi (38), worked as a fitter in a manufacturing unit in Sutrapada village in nearby Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat, Diu police station inspector in Vanakbara said. , Pankesh Tandel.
On Sunday evening, the group went to a rocky mound near famous Nagoa Beach to click pictures on their cellphones, he said.
“While the victim was taking a selfie, one of his slippers fell into the sea while he was sitting on the edge of the beach rock. As he entered the water to retrieve the shoes, a huge wave l picked him up and dragged him deep into the sea. His colleagues tried to save him but were unable to do so,” the official said.
A rescue team later reached the spot in a boat and found the man in an unconscious state floating near a rocky area. They rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival, the official said.
The body was sent for an autopsy and an investigation was opened into the incident, he added.