Three students drowned in a stream in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening, police said.
They said a group of eight students had gone to the Katleru stream at Damuluru village of Nandigama Mandal to take a bath when the incident took place.
Five of them have survived, police added.
Nandigama Rural Circle Inspector K Satish said the deceased could not swim in the flow of the water.
The rest five were rescued by local people, said police.
Those who drowned have been identified as P Gopi Reddy (20), S Srinivasa Reddy (21) and D Ravindra Reddy (19), all residents of Narasimharao Palem village in Veerulapadu Mandal, said police.
Later, the locals and police fished out the bodies.