Near Navi Mumbai, the rain-swollen Ghot river would be the family’s watery grave, but the villagers stepped in timely.
Jumping into swirling waters to save someone from drowning, is one of the most dangerous rescues. However, five brave men didn’t spare a thought about the risky situation they were getting into, and their timely intervention spared a family of four from their watery grave, reports the Times of India.
The family, from the Wavanje village near Navi Mumbai, were travelling in a car, and passing a narrow bridge above the Ghot—a tributary of the Kasadi river—that flows through the Taloja town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The bridge over the river does not have railings and is unsecured.
37-year-old Ashraf Shaikh, who was driving, told the publication that he could not recollect the exact course of events once he swerved to enter the bridge. The car flipped twice, before falling into the Ghot, and got trapped between two boulders in a rocky portion of the river.
Rescuers broke through the windshield, to collect all family members, who sat on the roof of the car for 15 minutes before being brought to safety.
Senior Inspector Ajay Langde said that the driver of the vehicle had tried to take a left turn at the end of the 10-foot long bridge when its rear wheel slipped off, and it fell into the rain-swollen river. By the time the cops and the fire brigade could reach there, a group of five men had rescued the family, he said.
Narayan Patil, Lahu Patil, Laxman Dhumal, Tushiram Nighukar and Rupesh Patil, are the heroes. The first four are from Ghot village, while Patil is from Karole village.
32-year old Dhumal, who works with the Panvel City Municipal Corporation, said that the family was lucky that the car got lodged between rocks, else it would have been carried away into the Taloja.
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You can watch the video of the rescue operation, below. Kudos to the villagers who risked their own lives, to save this family!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)