2 Doctors Killed In Accident, Mistook River For Waterlogged Road Using Google Map In Kerala's Kochi Amid Rain

The deceased doctors were returning to Kodungallur and reportedly using Google Map to navigate, while they mistook Periyar river for a waterlogged road.

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Two doctors died and three others were injured when their car drowned after they mistakenly took Periyar river for a waterlogged road while using Google Map amid heavy downpour in Kerala’s Kochi. 

The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital, the reports said.

The deceased have been identified as Advaith, 29, and Ajmal, 29.

The incident took place at around 12: 30 am, the reports mentioned.

Both the doctors reportedly were working at a private hospital in the district.

“They were returning to Kodungallur and reportedly using Google Map to navigate,” the reports quoting police officials said. 
Mistaking the river to be a waterlogged road, they drove ahead and the car started to sink as both Advaith and Ajmal couldn't come out while the other three came out injured, the reports mentioned.

The locals rushed to the spot to rescue and informed the fire service personnel and police, they mentioned.

The authorities also sent a scuba diving team to the spot to recover the bodies,they stated.

Three people were rescued from the car by locals and fire service officials, they added.

However, they were discharged from the hospital after immediate care, they said.

"The visibility was very low at the time due to heavy rain. They were following a route shown by the Google map. But it seems like instead of taking a left turn as suggested by the maps, they mistakenly went forward and fell into the river," the news agency PTI quoted police as having said.