India students drown swimming off Maharashtra beach

An Indian girl rescued from drowning sits in a wheelchair Image copyright AFP
Image caption One of the students rescued from the sea was treated at a nearby hospital

Thirteen students have drowned while swimming off a beach on India's west coast, police say.

The group were among more than 100 from a college in Pune who had gone for a picnic to Murud beach near Alibag, Maharashtra state.

The victims were aged between 19 and 23 and police said they were working to identify the bodies.

Murud beach is popular with locals who prefer the area to the more tourist-focused state of Goa.

Pictures showed the bodies of those who died being dragged from the water.

Police said they were continuing to search for other victims. It is believed those who drowned were surprised by a sudden low tide.

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