Hundreds of parents crowded the Parnaka Beach, wailing and crying as bodies of the two girls were fished out of the Arabian Sea after the tragedy struck the picnickers of the K.L. Ponda High School and Junior College.
Thirty-two of the children were rescued in a massive search and rescue operation, launched after the students fell into waters around five km in the sea off the beach.
The students were out on an annual picnic trip.
According to eyewitness accounts, the tragedy was apparently triggered when some students reportedly crowded on one side of the boat to click selfies, resulting in the loss of balance as the vessel capsized.
Officials, however, have declined to comment on this.
A combined sea and air operation was on and the local fishing community has also pitched in for the rescue operation.
The coast guard has diverted at least three ships and two aircraft to the site.
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