The girls were a part of the Indian delegation to the Games which ended on Saturday and saw 4,000 participants from 15 countries.

5 Indian participants in Pacific School Games swept away at Australian beach 1 diesImage for representation
news Death Monday, December 11, 2017 - 17:07

An Indian schoolgirl who was in this Australian city to play football at the Pacific School Games drowned off a city beach, police said.

The 15-year-old was with four other girls at Holdfast Marina at Glenelg on Sunday evening when the incident occurred, the Guardian reported on Monday.

Lifesavers were able to rescue the others but were unable to find the Indian girl until Monday morning when her body was pulled out of the water. One girl was said to be in critical condition.

The Indian High Commission was providing support to the group, who were all involved in the sporting event. Indian Consular officials are flying in from Sydney.

Pacific School Games organisers confirmed the dead girl was part of the Indian delegation but did not reveal her sport.

Holdfast Mayor Stephen Patterson said the area was a treacherous spot that had claimed other lives.

"There are signs near the actual breakwater itself alerting people to the fact there are strong currents," he told ABC News on Monday.

The President of School Sports Australia released a statement about the incident. He said, "Following the completion of the Games on Saturday there was a tragic accident at Glenelg beach yesterday which has taken the life of one of the members of the visiting Indian delegation. All involved in the Games send our condolences to the Indian team, family and friends of the deceased student. The thoughts of all in the Pacific School Games family are also with the four members of the team who are still in hospital. School Sport Australia is offering full support and assistance to the Indian Delegation." 

Two boys drowned at Glenelg on New Year's Day in 2016.

The South Australia government will pay for the victim's body to be taken back to India, Tourism, Recreation and Sport Ninister Leon Bignell said.

The Pacific School Games are an international and week-long event. This edition finished on Saturday and had 4,000 participants from primary and senior school from 15 countries. They competed in 11 sports.

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