Rourkela, Jan 10: Two youths drowned while taking bath in Koel river here on Sunday, but one of them was rescued, police said.
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Bisra fire personnel have launched a joint operation to rescue the missing youth.
According to police, seven friends of Timber Colony in the city were picnicking on the river bank. Two youths went into the river to take bath. One of them drowned in the water and was rescued.
Later, another youth drowned in the water following which the rescued youth jumped to rescue him and both went missing.
One of them was rescued and efforts were on to rescue another one till filling of the report.