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15-Year-Old Delhi Girl In Australia For Sports Tournament Drowns At Adelaide Beach

| December 12 , 2017 , 12:03 IST

A 15-year-old girl studying at a government school in Delhi who had gone to Australia with teammates to participate in an international sports tournament, drowned after she was swept away by a storm at the Holdfast Marina beach in Adelaide.

Nitisha Negi a Class XI student of Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in East Vinod Nagar and a footballer had gone to the beach with 4 of her friends after their match. All 5 of the girls were swept away by the storm, but the other 4 survived, while Negi who did not know how to swim did not survive.

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“Of the contingent which had gone for the games, 53 students were supposed to depart on December 11. Negi was part of this contingent. These five girls were at the beach when a storm swept them away. Four of them were rescued but Negi died,” said School Games Federation of India vice-president Alok Khare.

The girls were a part of a contigent of 180 players from across the country to participate in football, hockey, swimming and other sports at the Pacific School Games after an invitation was issued by the School Sport Australia.

The Department of Youth Affairs, under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, confirmed the death of Negi, adding that the Indian High Commission is extending support to her family.

“Thorough investigation is ordered,” the ministry said in a tweet.

SGFI Secretary General Rajesh Mishra said that the girls had been taking selfies at the beach when the storm hit.

“They must not have seen a huge wave coming from behind. They fell down and were swept away,” Mishra said to news agency.