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Indian stuntmen drown during film shoot

BANGALORE, INDIA: Two stuntmen drowned on Monday morning after they jumped from a helicopter into a reservoir in southern India during Move shooting a scene for an upcoming film, Indian police said.

The crew was shooting the climax scene of regional Kannada film ‘Maastigudi’ when Raghav Uday, 38 and Anil Verma, 31, plunged into Thippagondanahalli reservoir in southern Karnataka state.

The two actors have drowned to death as they could not swim and were not rescued in time,local Indian Police inspector H L Nandeesha said.

the indian Television footage showed the two stuntmen and Duniya Vijay, one of Kannada cinema’s top actors, jump from a helicopter a height of about 30 plus feet and surface in the water after a few seconds. But only Vijay managed to swim back to shore safely.

According to source the Indian Police have registered a criminal case of negligence against the Film producers “as precautionary and safety measures were not taken for the shoot,” senior Police officer Chandragupta said. “There were no life jackets no rescue team nor an ambulance,” he also added.

The two men had been missing for more than three hours before their bodies were found.

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