Ellawala Falls Tragedy: All four bodies found

by Staff Writer 22-03-2023 | 7:35 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); The bodies of three young men, who were reported missing after going for a swim in the Ellewala Falls in Wellawaya, were recovered on Wednesday (22) morning by Sri Lanka Navy divers. 

A group of ten young men from Kalmunai on an excursion has decided to go for a swim at the Ella-Wala Falls in Wellawaya on Tuesday (21).

Sri Lanka Police said that one of the men drowned, and three others attempted to rescue him, however, they were swept away by strong currents.

The body of one of the missing men was recovered on Tuesday (21) evening.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, the local police and villagers launched a search and rescue operation to locate the three other missing, however, their efforts were future.

On Wednesday (22), Sri Lanka Navy divers launched a search and recovered the bodies of the three men inside a 13 feet deep hole.

The deceased were identified as 20 and 21 years old men from Kalmunakudy, Samanthurai, and Saithamaruthu.

Drowning incidents were reported from the Ellewala Falls in Wellawaya in the recent past, and the most recent was reported in February 2022, where three lives were lost.