Like Babu in Kerala earlier this month, youth in Karnataka falls into a gorge while trekking

Karnataka trekker
L-R: The Ministry of Defence shared this picture of Nishank's rescue from the Nandi Hills on Sunday. R Babu being rescued by an Indian Army officer. Photo: Twitter/ @Prodef_blr / Manorama

Within weeks of a Kerala trekker's dramatic rescue from a mountain in Palakkad, a youngster in Karnataka had a similar experience on Sunday. In both cases, while the respective state rescue machinery failed, it was the defence personnel who stepped up for the mission.

A 19-year-old, Nishank, from Delhi who studies engineering in Bengaluru had fell 200 feet into a gorge in the Nandi Hills. He was rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the national and state disaster response forces could not.

In Kerala, a 23-year-old, R Babu, had plunged into a crevice in the Kurumbachi Hills in Malampuzha earlier this month and was stuck there for nearly two days before being lifted out of it by a mountaineering team of the Indian Army.


Similarities in two incidents
In the Nandi Hills incident, the youth messaged the police control room and shared his location. In Kerala, Babu was wise enough to use his smartphone to take pictures of the area he was stuck in and communicate the same with his friends who were away from danger.

Nishank was reportedly stuck in the Bramhagiri Rocks in Nandi Hills. The state police had contacted the Air Force Station at Yelahanka and it sent an Mi17 helicopter for the rescue.

After a search and guidance of the local police, the IAF was able to locate the stranded, immobile victim, a statement said. As the terrain was unsafe for a landing, the flight gunner of the Mi17 was lowered close to the trekker.

Then, the flight gunner helped him harness and lifted him up. He was attended to by the onboard medical assistant and flown to a hospital.
(with PTI inputs)

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