A 71-year-old individual drowned after he was swept away due to the current while trying to cross a stream known as Gamaoya in Dikpitiya, Badulla last evening.

Police said the 71-year-old victim and an 11-year-old boy were trying to cross the stream when both were swept away. The child however, had managed to grab hold of a tree branch and was rescued. The 71-year-old man’s body was later recovered from a location downstream.

The body is lying at the mortuary of the Badulla hospital and a post-mortem is due to be conducted today.