Stranded man rescued from Narayani River after 24 hrs

- BIMAL KHATIWADA, Chitwan
Stranded man rescued from Narayani River after 24 hrs

Aug 16, 2014-

In a rare and inspiring tale of survival, a person trapped in the flooded Narayani river has been safely rescued after 24 hours on Saturday noon. Moti Bahadur Poudel, a resident of Gaindakot-12, had lost hope of seeing his family again.

Apparently, Poudel had sailed out when the river had swollen to get some firewood from the forest. But was stuck on the island strong currents prevented him from crossing the river. Incessant rains since Wednesday had increased water levels in the river to 8.17 metres on Friday. It is considered dangerous when the water level rises above eight metres.

Recounting his ordeal, Poudel said that after several failed attempts, he had given up and lied down on his boat to get some sleep. But the fear of being swept away kept him awake.

“It was only around eight in the morning that I looked overboard but I was still trapped,” he said, relating how he cried and shouted for help. A rescue team of Man Bhadur Bote and Ram Bahadur Chaudhary set out to rescue him, but were forced to call off midway due to high currents.

The locals called police when all three were stuck in the river. They were eventually rescued by an Armed Police Force team led by Inspector Laxman Basnet from Kurintar after 24 hours of Poudel’s ordeal.

The local who had searched for Poudel the whole night and presumed to have been swept away by the river were overwhelmed with joy following the rescue.

“Looking at the floods we never thought he would make it. But with the grace of God, he has got a new lease of life,” said local Sushila Gurung. Poudel has a son and a daughter while his wife, Sapana, is currently away on an overseas job in Oman. “I will never sail out in such conditions ever again,” pledged a visibly shaken Poudel.

Published: 17-08-2014 08:47

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