A stroll along a canal turned into tragedy for two teenage girls as they were swept away in the water while trying to retrieve a phone they were clicking selfies with in Punjab.

“The girl, whose mobile phone fell, entered the Sathiali canal at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur district to retrieve it but got carried away due to the swift current. The other one jumped to save her, but she too got swept away,” Gurdaspur SSP, Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said over the phone.

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Kahnuwan SHO Harjit Singh said the two have been identified as Nisha (18) and Lovepreet (17).

“Both hailed from Sathiali village and are students. Divers have been pressed into service to trace the girls. We have also sought help from army divers. The incident occurred at about 7 am on Friday, but so far the two have not been traced,” the SHO said.

He said a 14-year-old girl who was accompanying them informed the family members of the other two about the incident after which police was informed.

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