TRICHY: It was a miraculous escape from the jaws of death for two youths of Alwar Thoppu on Monday as fire and rescue service personnel saved them in the nick of time from drowning in the check dam at Kambarasampettai across Cauvery river.
Noor Ibrahim, 21, and his neighbour Mohammed Imran, 15, were on summer vacation when they chose to swim in the good flow of water in the check dam in the morning. However, as soon as they got into the water, they could not withstand the heavy current and they lost control. Sensing that they were about to drown, the youths raised an alarm which was noticed by passersby who got into the act.
The efforts of the local people went in vain as the gushing water prevented them from getting close to the duo, Meanwhile, as the fire and rescue service personnel at the city station got the message, an eight-member team rushed to the spot.
A fire service officer said that the youths were fortunate enough to cling on to the inside wall of the check dam. Treading carefully on the wall, the fire personnel lowered lifebuoys tied to a rope to the youths who caught hold of them and wore them. They were slowly pulled up in an operation lasting 68 minutes, said the fire service officers.
The youths were handed over to their parents and both of them were safe. It may be pointed out that several instances of drowning in the check dam had been reported every year. In Monday’s incident, the boys survived as they held on to the wall. The parched Cauvery had water flowing for the past few days after 8,000 cusecs was released from the Mettur Stanley reservoir for drinking water purpose. The water had reached Mukkombu on April 4. With the schools remaining closed for summer holidays, more teenagers and youths prefer to swim in the water unmindful of the lurking danger.