Chitwan, February 28, 2016: A 19-year-old girl fell into the Narayani River while taking a selfie with her friend in Chitwan today.
Her friend, who dived in the river in bid to save her, has been missing, while the 19-year-old was rescued.
Smita Gyawali of Gaindakot, Nawalparasi, was hanging out on the banks of the Narayani River with her six companions when she thought of taking a selfie with her friend Namrata Sapkota of her village, with the river in the background.
Namrata slipped off a stone and fell into the river and Smita dived to save her, while their companions were on the other side of the river.
Shyam Thapa of Bhaktapur, who runs a meat shop in Narayangadh and was strolling near the river, rescued Namrata but failed to save Smita. â€œI could not see where she was,â€ he regretted.
Namrata and Smita, who were studying at Aroma College, were preparing for the board examination of Grade XII scheduled to begin on March 10.
â€œLast class was held on Friday and the students were staying at home to prepare for their final examinations,â€ said Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai, a teacher at Aroma College. â€œBoth of them were intelligent students,â€ he added.
Narayangadh Area Police Office inspector Satya Narayan Thapa said search for Smita was on. â€œThere is slim hope of recovering her alive. Nepal Police, APF, locals and her kin have been searching for her,â€ he said.
Area near the river has been developed into a park and hundreds of locals visit the park daily.
A large number of people take photographs sitting on big stones on the riverbanks and ignore our frequent appeals not to do so, said Thapa.