With life hanging in the cleft of the steep hill in Malampuzha village in Kerala’s Palakkad district , the kerala trekker
R babu was stuck in the hill cleft for two days with no availability of food or water.
On Monday, R Babu and his companions climbed Malampuzha’s Cherad Hill.
Babu continued climbing after his friends gave up and made it to the top, but he slipped and became stranded between the crevice of the hill .
Authorities were notified by his companions. But the rescuing operation by the fire department or the police went unsuccessful.
However,after a massive operation, a team of Army personnel was eventually able to save him.
” Teams from Bangalore Parachute Regimental Centre were mobilised. Simultaneously we had a highly skilled high altitude warfare team and a couple of mountaineers who had summited Everest,
available at the Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington”, said Lt General A Arun, GoC, Dakshin Bharat Area, detailing the rescue operations.
The army officer also expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for
facilitating with the Air Force and arranging for the team’s airlift from Bengaluru.
In the video, the trapped youth was signalling for rescue and requesting food and water taken on the scene.
” Two highly skilled men of Madra Regimental Team, rappled down the distance of 250 ft, till they reached Mr Babu who is a young trekker
and in a fantastic, daring decision making action, they decided to pull Mr Babu up instead of taking him downhill.
So he was almost physically, bodily carried uphill by two members of this descend team,” said Lt Gen A Arun.
Chief Minister Vijayan praised the rescuers and promised that the youth would be looked after until he recovers.
Image Credit : Wikimedia Commons, Timothy A. Gonsalves
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