Published On : Wed, Aug 30th, 2017

Indian student rescued from lake in hurricane-hit Texas dies

Texas: A 24-year-old Indian student died today, three days after he was rescued along with another Indian woman from a swollen lake in the US state of Texas where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc.

Nikhil Bhatia, a PhD student at the Texas A&M University, was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he along with Shalini Singh had gone swimming, on Saturday.

Bhatia who was critical died in hospital while Singh continues to be in a critical condition, according to officials at the Indian Consulate.

Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, along with Singh, 25, from New Delhi, were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.

Singh was pursuing Masters degree in public health from the same university.

According to their friends and some witnesses, the two were swimming in the lake when a sudden current of water pushed them deeper.

The friends accompanying them noticed that the duo were in distress and flagged down nearby police officers.

Bryan Police officers were able to rescue and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the victims until medics arrived, according to Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.