An Indian student drowns in a pond in the US

An Indian student drowns in a pond in the US

An Indian student drowns in a pond in the US

New York: An 18-year-old Indian high school student drowned in a pond in New Jersey while retrieving a soccer ball for nearby children, according to media reports.

Clinten G. Ajit, from Niranam in Kerala, went into Hardcastle Pond in New Milford on Friday around 7 p.m. to retrieve the soccer ball and suddenly went underwater, according to

However, reported that around 7:15 p.m., police were notified that someone had gone swimming in the pond and had not returned. Ajit’s body was found in about three hours.

“The water went up to his waist. Then it went up to his neck. Then he had his whole, full body in the water, “said Sam Rueda, 10,” who witnessed the tragedy with his family.

“After he put his hands down, that was the last we ever saw of him. Then his friends started to panic, “Sam said.”


Late Saturday afternoon, Ajit’s identity was confirmed.

The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office and the New Milford Police Department are working together to determine the cause of death.

His death, police say, was accidental.

New Milford Mayor Michael Putrino said there are no words that can describe the pain that this family is going through right now. Our hearts are broken. Our hearts ache. Ajit went to New Milford High.

A smart and kind kid, said his pals. His classmates, like the rest of the town, were stunned.

On Saturday, strangers and friends came to the pond to pay respects.


Gabriella George, a family friend from Weehawken, organised a GoFundMe campaign.

I love my son… and brother, Ajit, George said.

She described him as a curious, intelligent young man who loved animals and knew “everything.” “His family came to America in September 2012 when he was eight,” George wrote online.

“He enjoyed participating in musical theatre, band, and various sports. Clinten was an intelligent, humorous, and kind young man. ” Ajit, George said, intended to study criminal justice at Montclair State.

So far, a GoFundMe for the family has raised over USD 50,000.

Swimming is prohibited in the pond where Ajit died, according to


I don’t know. I just want the family to know they’re in my prayers. I was up all last night just thinking about that poor mom and what she had to go through, “neighbor Mary Lukas said.

Ajit’s funeral is set for Monday.

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