Birthday party turns tragic, Andhra techie drowns in US lake

Wednesday 12th June 2019 06:13 EDT

New Jersey: In a tragic incident, 32-year-old Avinash Kuna, a native of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, who was residing in the US, drowned in a lake while celebrating his birthday. Avinash was working as a software engineer in the United States and was a resident of Parsippany, New Jersey.

Avinash had turned 32 on May 28. According to reports, Avinash, hired a rental boat and took eight of his friends, most of whom were from his workplace, to Lake Hopatcong on a boat ride to celebrate his birthday. He reportedly loved boat riding and has a license too. Avinash reportedly dived into the water which was 5-8 feet deep, but couldn't come up as his leg got entangled in the weed. The efforts of his friends to rescue him remained futile. The weeds were 3 feet high, according to reports.

One of his friends, Jay Mayeti, who tried to rescue Avinash said that he put on a life jacket and dived in to help save his friend. “But my life jacket came off, and then I was about to drown when my friends pulled me out. In the five seconds that took, we lost him.” His friends had then called Bridge Marina and 911 for help.

Avinash had graduated with a Masters degree from New Mexico State University in 2016. He also has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Andhra University. Learning about the death of her son, Avinash’s mother became ill and had to be hospitalised. To raise funds for Avinash’s family, his friends have started a GoFundMe account.

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