Teen girl missing off Adelaide beach


Police and emergency services are now searching waters off Glenelg for a missing teenager near the Holdfast Marina, according to SA Police.

A 15-year-old girl named Nitisha Negi has drowned in a beach in Australia, where she had gone to represent India as part of the Under-15 football team at the Pacific Asian Games.

The 15-year-old from India was with four other girls at Holdfast Marina at Glenelg on Sunday evening when they got into trouble.

"We've stepped in as a government with counselling services, which are already underway, and we'll also pay the costs of getting this young girl back to India", he was quoted as saying by Adelaide Now on Monday morning.

Lifesavers were able to pull the others from the water but were unable to find the girl despite an extensive search.

'We've seen two major incidents a year ago and this is the third one now so it seems appropriate that that area of the beach needs to be looked at, ' operations manager Ben Laurenson said.

City of Holdfast Mayor Stephen Patterson says the area is a treacherous spot and there have been previous drownings.

"We heard screams and people in distress", she said.

'He told me they were near the flags and floating towards the rocks, ' the woman told.

The witness said she saw two girls being treated at the scene by paramedics, with the group appearing "pretty agitated". According to reports, the deceased was a 15-year-old soccer player and the five girls were swimming near breakwater rocks. "School Sport Australia is offering full support and assistance to the Indian Delegation". Officials flew to Adelaide from Sydney on December 10.

Another 17-year-old girl is at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The four girls have been hospitalised and one is said to be in critical condition.