2 Stuntmen Drown After Jumping Into Lake From Helicopter On Set

Two stuntmen have suffocated in the wake of bouncing into a lake from a helicopter amid the shooting of a film scene in India.

The suffocated stuntmen, as indicated by Indian police, did not know how to swim.

 

Stuntmen Anil Verma and Raghav Uday who died in a filming accident in southern India

Stuntmen Anil Verma and Raghav Uday who died in a filming accident in southern India

The crew were filming on Monday when Raghav Uday and Anil Verma made the leap as part of an action sequence.

Police Superintendent Chandra Gupta said the two did not know how to swim and were not wearing life vests.

In addition, a motorboat which was supposed to rush to the scene and rescue them was found to be not working.

Video footage of the scene showed the pair landing in the water and thrashing around for a few seconds before disappearing from view.

Local fishermen in small boats rowed to the middle of the lake but found no trace of them.

An actor, Duniya Vijay, also jumped into the water with the stuntmen, but managed to swim and was later rescued by a fisherman.

Two rescuers and Indian actor Duniya Vijay searching for the two stuntmen
Two rescuers and Indian actor Duniya Vijay searching for the two stuntmen (AFP/Getty Images)

 

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