**Nayagarh:** In a heart-wrenching incident, a minor girl met with a watery grave while trying to save one of her close friends from drowning in Hada river here today afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 13-year-old Tulasi Jena of Thanapallipatana village under Ranpur police limits.
Tulasi along with some of her friends had gone to the nearby river for ‘Khudurukuni Osa’ rituals when one girl’s leg slipped and she fell into the water body. Heroically Tulasi dived into the river to save her friend.
Tulasi successfully saved her friend but eventually got swept away in the strong currents of the river and drowned to death.
Her body was recovered by fire officials at some distance from the spot of the unfortunate event.
Meanwhile, the girl who had been rescued by Tulasi, is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
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