In a rescue operation on Thursday (May 19) night, villagers and the police officials pulled out four people to safety after their vehicle got stuck in the middle of a profuse stream near Nelugal village of Lakshmeshwar in Gadag district of Karnataka.
The four friends were travelling in the car and were unaware that the brook had such a force and waded through it. When they reached the middle of the overpass, they got wrecked as the water was flowing over the canal.
They waited for some time but had to get down from the four-wheeler, but they soon started to get washed away in the flood. Three of the four friends got hold of a tree, while one climbed on top of a rock in the middle of the creek.
Villagers Came For Rescue
Fortunately, the loud cries by the friends for help and the unmoving car in the middle of the bridge with switched on highlights got the attention of the villagers nearby. The village residents called up the cops and other villagers and gathered near the water stream in large numbers. The police officials planned a human chain and pro swimmers led the people to rescue the stranded passengers.
One team of two swimmers reached the tree and brought three stranded people to safety, while the other team rescued the lone person who took shelter on the top of a rock. The rescued people thanked everyone who saved them and called it a new lease of life.
Were Returning From Nearby Village
The stranded people were identified as Dr Prabhu Mansoor, Basavanagouda Tegginmani, Veeresh Dambal and Chennaveergouda Patil; all aged 40 were the residents of Hebbal village near Shirahatti Taluk of the same district. They were on their way back from Nelugal village. Soon after the rescue operation, the car got washed away and clung near the stream's retaining wall.
According to The New Indian Express, a resident from Nelugal village said, "We saw the car stranded over the bridge. When we heard screams, we informed the police and other villagers. As the car was being washed away, the passengers started getting down, but they could not come out as the stream was flowing at high speeds. We decided to form a human chain and rescued them," they reported.