A 22-year-old Buddhist Monk studying at the Colombo University drowned last evening while swimming off the coast of Kalmadu in Kalkuda.

Police Media Unit said the monk, resident at a temple in Kurunegala, was a first year undergraduate at the Arts Faculty of the Colombo University.

According to police, the victim, along with a group of monks and laypersons who were all undergraduates at the university, had been swimming in the sea in an area that was not patrolled by lifeguards when the monk had been swept out to sea. He was admitted to the Valachchenai hospital but was pronounced dead on admission. Valachchenai police are investigating.