A 25-year-old student from India drowned near the breakwater at Semaphore beach on 25th March 2016. This is the 11th drowning in South Australia since July last year. The group of Indians students arrived at the beach to celebrate the festival of Holi.
The life savers were around 300m away from the drowning point. When the alert was raised by the onlookers at around 3’0’ clock, emergency services were called. Life savers found the man floating on the seaward side of the breakwater. Semaphore Life Saving Club volunteers pulled the man from the water unconscious and immediately began resuscitation. This continued until the paramedics arrived at the scene. But the man died at the scene.
Alpesh hails from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He is a student of University of South Australia and recently he was doing an IT course through Federation University in Victoria. He is survived by his wife Shweta. They live in Enfield in Adelaide.
He is the only son of his parents and belongs to a lower middle class family. His ambition and drive for a better future has taken him to Australia and he has taken bank loan for his studies here.
Alpesh Kumar Patel was on student visa. It will be a great help if you could help the family financially at this stage to cope with the expenses.
If you want to help the family, bank details of his widow Sweta Alpesh is below
7 News Video link of the incident