Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Doctor's daughter drowns in river

A British doctor's young daughter drowned after she slipped from his arms and fell into a fast-flowing river in India

A British doctor's young daughter drowned after she slipped from his arms and fell into a fast-flowing river in India.

Dr Megha Reddy, an anaesthetist from Wolverhampton, was on holiday with his family to visit relations and attend a wedding when the accident happened near the city of Hyderabad, the Sunday Telegraph said.

Dr Reddy, 42, told police that he had taken his 18-month-old daughter Manvi and her brothers, aged 10 and five, to see the Musi River, which was swollen from the monsoon season's heavy rains.

"I was holding Manvi when she suddenly moved and slipped from my arms," he told police inspector Srinivas Reddy.

Reports suggested he was taking photos of her brothers when she fell.

Dr Reddy couldn't jump into the river because it was flowing so fast, police said, and passers-by were unable to rescue her.

The officer said: "The sludge and swiftly flowing water apparently deterred him from jumping into the river. Some passers-by tried to rescue the baby, but by then there was no trace of her."

Police and swimmers also searched for her, but her body was found two days later three miles downstream by divers and a boat from India's National Disaster Response Force.

According to local reports, there was a 90-minute delay in the search while neighbouring police authorities argued over whose responsibility it was.

Dr Reddy and his family had been on a three-week holiday in India, where he was born and educated, and were due to fly home to Britain earlier this week, the Telegraph said. His wife, Pratibha, said the family had been visiting a dam 100 miles from Hyderabad and were on their way back when they stopped at a river so Dr Reddy could show his children the difference between man-made canals and a natural river in flood.

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