Three tourists from Maharashtra, including a policeman and his brother, drowned off Goa’s Calangute beach on Monday morning. Police said two others from the same group of tourists were missing.

The five were part of a group of 14 tourists from Akola who arrived in Goa by train around 4 am on Monday, and headed straight for the Calangute beach.

After they ventured into the water for a swim, strong currents pulled five of them into the sea. Swimming was banned in the sea following the onset on monsoon.

The three victims were later pulled out of the sea by locals present on the shore. They were rushed to a primary health centre at Candolim where they were declared dead on arrival, said the police.

The deceased were identified Pritesh Gawali (32), a police constable, Chetan Gawali (27), a student, and Ujwal Vakode (25). The two who went missing are Kiran Mhaske and Shubham Vaidya, said Inspector Jivba Dalvi.

Pritesh Gawli served as a constable in the Maharashtra Police, he said, adding that the bodies would be handed over to respective families after completion of due formalities.

The Goa government had last month issued an advisory asking tourists to refrain from swimming in sea waters along beaches for four months starting from June 1.

(With agency inputs)