Kerala trekker trapped in hill rescued by Army

R Babu with Army personnel who rescued him.

Thiruvananthapuram: A trekker who was trapped in a niche on a hill in Malampuzha in Palakkad district of Kerala was rescued by the Army today.

The Army team reached him and began carrying him up. He was immediately given food and water. However, the uphill journey was difficult and the man, R Babu, had to rest often on the way.

Post rescue, the man, Babu, dressed in T-shirt and shorts, was seen pictured with smiling helmeted Army personnel.

‘Very thanks, Indian Army,’ said Babu sitting among army men. He then kissed the army personnel as a gesture of thanks and joined the men in chanting ‘Indian Army ki jai, Bharat Mata ki jai’.

Early Wednesday morning, the Southern Command said in a tweet that the operations had commenced, and that there were attempts being made from multiple locations to reach Babu who was stuck in the gorge.

Babu had trekked up the mountain with two friends on Monday. While descending, he slipped and fell into a deep gorge, estimated to be at least 200 ft lower than the summit. He injured his leg in the process. His friends, who failed to rescue him, reached the base of the hill and informed authorities following which efforts began to rescue him.

Following this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested help from the Army.