At least fifty-five students were rescued after they were stuck in in the two streams of Kundalika River in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Sunday afternoon.
They all were from different colleges in Mumbai including Poddar College, Vaze, Mulund and Matunga College, were on a trip to Devkund Waterfalls which is near Bhira village some 50 kilometers from Mumbai when the monsoon endless rains released its outrage in several parts of Maharashtra.
The students had left Mumbai on Sunday morning…!!
The Locals and the police rescued all the students by working together. They were trapped on one side of the Kundalika river after heavy rains increased water levels in the river.
The incident happened nearby Mangaon. Mangaon police got information about the incident in the afternoon.
Additional superintendent of police, Sanjay Kumar Patil said:
“We had got a call from one person drowned in the Devkund waterfalls”.
The phone call was received around 3 pm when a boy was carried away in the river.
Mangaon Police team and Kundalika rafters carried out the Rescue work….!!
A team of four to five police personnel of Mangaon was stationed from the police station to rescue the students.
The police rescue team, headed by Navnath Jagtap, along with the help of Virendra Sawant who is a local rafting expert left for the location within in one hour of receiving the call.
Although the boy was carried away in a tide, he luckily managed to get stuck near a rock….!!
The boy, who was believed to have washed away in the river was rescued by the police team who found him hanging on to a rock without any clothes.
The students are mostly between 17 and 20 years of age. They were connected through a WhatsApp group that goes for riding and hiking at different places.
Since the students were trapped in remote areas deep in the forest, the police rescue team had to walk approximately seven kilometers.
The rescue operations took place for about three hours….!!
The other 54 students, including 20 female students were also rescued later on.
API Jagtap said: “They had come together through a WhatsApp group”.