Four young friends drowned while another was rescued from the city’s Hawke’s Bay beach on Sunday.
A group of friends went to the Hawke’ Bay for a picnic and stayed the night on Saturday.
“After staying for a night, we had planned to go for a swim early next morning,” said the victims’ friend, Adnan Khan. “Everything was good until the high tide which drowned two of my friends … they were already at a distance.”
When they saw their friends struggling in the water, three others jumped in to rescue them. Unfortunately, they also fell victim to the tide. “We were helpless. We were unable to do anything for them,” said another friend, Muhammad Fahad. “Finally, we found rescuers who helped us.”